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FanPost Friday: Who, or what, is the X-Factor?

The classic pre-series question.

Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Four
This was my choice on the preview podcast
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Red Sox are somehow one of two teams left standing in the American League, with only the Astros standing in their way of a pennant and a chance at a World Series championship. Every series at this point in the season is, of course, going to be difficult, but the Astros in particular are a tough matchup. These two teams met twice in the first half when the Red Sox were playing about as well as they had all season, but Houston handled those games easily. Both teams are different now, but those performances certainly loom in most of our memories.

With that in mind, the Red Sox are going to need some big performances, and some not from their best players. So that’s the question for this week’s FanPost Friday. Who, or what, is the X-Factor in this series? Which role player, or non-star, or however you want to define the term “X-Factor” is going to swing this series away from its expected outcome?

Leave us a FanPost, and you could be featured on the front page on Sunday ahead of round one. As always, here is our handy guide to making a FanPost.