October 29, 2013

Stats And Stuff

Red Sox starter Jon Lester became the second left-hander in team history with three World Series wins, joining Babe Ruth.

Lester became the fifth pitcher to allow one run or fewer in at least three straight World Series starts to begin his career, the first whose career began after World War II ended in 1945.

Most Consecutive Starts Allowing 1 Run or Fewer To Begin World Series Career
Christy Mathewson   4   1905-11
Jon Lester          3   2007-13
Harry Brecheen      3   1944-46
Waite Hoyt          3   1921
Stan Coveleski      3   1920
Elias noted that Lester's streak of 16.1 scoreless innings ... [was] the third-longest scoreless innings streak to begin a career in World Series history. Christy Mathewson holds that record; he began his career with 28 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series; Jim Lonborg ranks second with 17 straight for the Red Sox in 1967.

He also became the first Red Sox pitcher with at least seven strikeouts and no walks in a World Series game in 98 years. The last was Rube Foster against the Phillies in 1915. ...

[David] Ortiz became the third player to reach base safely in nine straight plate appearances in the World Series, joining Joe Gordon (1939/1941 Yankees) and Billy Hatcher (1990 Reds). Ortiz and Hatcher are the only two to do so in a single World Series.

Ortiz has 11 hits, two shy of the record for most in a World Series, which is shared by Bobby Richardson (1964 Yankees), Lou Brock (1968 Cardinals) and former Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett (1986 Red Sox).
Alex Speier, WEEI:
[Koji Uehara's] save on Monday marked his seventh of the postseason, tying him for the most ever by a closer in one playoff run. (The mark was previously reached by John Wetteland (1996), Troy Percival (2002), Rob Nen (2002) and Brad Lidge (2008).) ...

[H]e's now recorded four saves of four or more outs, becoming just the fourth pitcher in playoff history to do so — following Goose Gossage (6 in 1981), Mariano Rivera (5 in 1998, 2000 and 2003; 4 in 1999, 2001 and 2001) and Jonathan Papelbon (4 in 2007). ...

[David Ortiz] has a career .465 average in the World Series, the highest ever by a player with 50 or more career plate appearances in the World Series.
Ortiz has also tied the Red Sox record for career multi-hit World Series games. He and Duffy Lewis, who last appeared in a World Series in 1916, both have six.

Must hear: "Cardinals' Announcer Laughs At Red Sox For Holding Wong Before Pickoff". ... Game 5 in gifs. ... The law firm of Babip, Pecota, Vorp, and Eckstein have a commercial.

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