SOX: Alex Cora ASTROS: A.J. Hinch The rundown: It would be too easy to dismiss this as a tie. Hinch is Miyagi, Cora is Daniel
... Right? Not quite. Cora has proven he likes to take calculated risks this season, and he has done even more of it in the playoffs. He certainly learned a lot from Hinch as his bench coach through the Astros' run to a championship a year ago, but he's also honed his own skills while in Boston. Hinch has been blessed with plenty of players as different options in key situations, while Cora has been forced to play hunches and juggle things situationally more often.
EDGE: Red Sox