30 Sep 2007
It’s set in stone, the Red Sox will host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Southern California Pacific Valley Disneyland Tinseltown Orange County (or LAAASCPVDTOC for short).
Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday Oct 3 @ Boston (Beckett vs. Lackey)
Friday Oct 5 @ Boston
Sunday Oct 7 @ LAAASCPVDTOC
Monday Oct 8 @ LAAASCPVDTOC
Wednesday Oct 10 @ Boston
The Red Sox secured the best record record in baseball on Saturday and thus were awarded the 8-day series (vs. the 7 day series the Yanks/Indians will be playing). This means the Red Sox can trot out their # 1 (Beckett) and # 2 (probably Schilling) starters twice in the ALDS.
2 days rest can only do good things for people like David Ortiz (cortisone shot on Saturday), Kevin Youkilis, Coco Crisp, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Manny Ramirez and the rest of the crew that has bumps and bruises. The Angels are saying the same thing of course.
Some interesting stats from the regular season:
.324 BA Mike Lowell
.317 BA Dustin Pedroia
.332 BA David Ortiz
.279 Red Sox team average good for 6th place tie
.362 Red Sox team OBP good for 2nd (behind NYY)
.444 Red Sox team SLG good for 6th
166 HR for Red Sox good for (are you ready for this) 18th best in ML (Milwaukee Brewers # 1 with 231).
867 runs good for 4th behind NYY, Phi and Det
689 walks good for 1st
3.87 ERA, good for 1st in AL, 2nd in ML.
1149 K’s for Red Sox pitching staff good for 6th
13 shutouts good for 2nd (San Diego had 20!)
1350 hits allowed good for 2nd
All team stats/rankings are for ML unless otherwise noted.