FOX Sports' preseason power rankings, the Phillies are ranked first and the Red Sox are ranked second. In CBS Sports' preseason power rankings, the teams are flip flopped, as the Red Sox are ranked first and the Phillies are ranked second. You get the point. Both teams have massive expectations.
Obviously, we can't get too ahead of ourselves. Yesterday's game was merely a spring training match-up which has no bearing on the regular season. Both teams have their weaknesses. The Phillies have major holes in their lineup, with Chase Utley injured and Jayson Werth now playing in Washington. Even during the National League Championship Series last season against the Giants, the Phils offense looked terrible against good pitching. The Red Sox, on the other hand, have some minor pitching problems that could derail a potentially spectacular season. If Josh Beckett and John Lackey can't bounce back from off-years, then even the Red Sox great offense might not be able to save the team from missing the playoffs (especially in the AL East).
FOX will be hoping for a match-up of more popular teams in this year's World Series, as the hype for last year's World Series between the Giants and the Rangers was lower than in recent years. The ratings for a Red Sox-Phillies World Series would be through the roof, but of course, it's still only March.