Red Sox lead the Angels 2-0
Rays lead the White Sox 2-0
Dodgers lead the Cubs 2-0
Phillies lead the Brewers 2-0
Phillies (2)/Brewers (0) at 6:30The AL is off today.
Cubs (0)/Dodgers (2) at 10
First of all, thank you to the hacktastic Angels hitters for making six outs against Jonathan Paplebon on only 21 pitches. And 13 of those pitches were to the final two batters. After Chone Figgins's triple, the next four LAA hitters saw 1, 2, 4 and 1 pitches. Excellent strategy! The Angels' roster is now 2-for-48 (.042) against the Bot.
J.D. Drew said he
absolutely ... thought at some point I was going to have shut it down and just watch the team through the playoffs. ... [M]y legs are coming back underneath me and I'm trying to grind out at-bats, play good defense...More on Drew. ... Jason Bay is enjoying the playoffs. ... Jacoby Ellsbury has a 20-game hitting streak, including the regular season and ALDS.
Where was Manny Delcarmen last night? I cannot find any information on whether he was ill, hurt, in Tito's doghouse ... nothing. Amalie Benjamin notes that
Going to Justin Masterson out of the bullpen instead of fellow righthander Manny Delcarmen in the eighth inning of Game 1 demonstrated how far Masterson has come this seasonwhich is certainly true, but it doesn't explain why Francona chose to not go to him in the final three innings last night.
Lots of fun facts here, including
Dating to the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series, the Angels have led in just seven of the past 94 playoff innings against the Red Sox.That's only 7.4%.