I know three games is almost the very definition of a small sample size, but damn, those numbers are fun!
Flo has hit 10 home runs in 32 career playoff games with the Red Sox. He has hit safely in 11 consecutive DS games. In his last 23 postseason games, he has nine homers and 27 RBI -- which works out to 63 homers and 190 RBI over a 162-game season.Game 1: 1B HR BB F8
Game 2: 1B BB BB BB BB
Game 3: K HR BB 1B
Manny Ramirez was on base eight times in 13 PA against the Angels. His Game 3 home run was his 22nd postseason dong (and a record 10th in DS play). He and Bernie Williams share the postseason HR record, though Manny has 150 fewer at-bats.
MBM: "Me and David, we're the best 1-2 punch ever. That's how it is."
Overall, the Red Sox outscored the Angels 19-4 and outslugged them .495 to .253. The Angels scored in only two of 27 innings. Sean McAdam, ProJo:
With the benefit of hindsight, the Sox' decision to spend the final 10 days of the regular season getting themselves set for October looks brilliant. Call it good timing or momentum — whatever it is, the Sox seemingly have a surplus of it.I'm not sure why the media couldn't see this at the time. Maybe they did see it, but were waiting for the result before deciding if it was a wise decision or not.
In 16 post-season starts, Curt Schilling has a career 1.93 ERA. His DS ERA is 0.93 in five starts. ... Tim Wakefield threw a 45-pitch side session on Saturday. He is penciled in as the Game 4 starter in the ALCS.
Mike Lowell does not mind waiting until Friday for the next game:
It's OK because we know ahead of time what we're getting into - we saw the schedule ahead of time. I don't think we wanted this series to go five games just to have less days off. ... If you have a letdown because you have too many days off, you have a problem.Hideki Okajima, on how locker room celebrations in the US differ from Japan:
We don't celebrate in the locker room, but it is much wilder. ... We don't want to get [the lockeroom] dirty.