October 9, 2016

ALDS 3: Cleveland at Red Sox, 4 PM (Postponed)

UPDATE: Today's game has been postponed because of rain. It will be played tomorrow at 6 PM.

Cleveland -
Red Sox   - 
Josh Tomlin / Clay Buchholz
Pedroia, 2B
Holt, 3B
Betts, RF
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bogaerts, SS
Benintendi, LF
Leon, C
Bradley, CF
Don't let us win this afternoon!

The Red Sox's backs are to the wall, but Boston has a history of coming back from the brink:

1999 ALDS - Down 0-2 to Cleveland in best-of-5, won next three games 9-3, 23-7, 12-8.

2003 ALDS - Down 0-2 to Athletics in best-of-5, won next three games 3-1 (11), 5-4, 4-3.

2004 ALCS - Down 0-3 to Yankees in best-of-7, won next four games 6-4 (12), 5-4 (14), 4-2, 10-3.

2007 ALCS - Down 1-3 to Cleveland in best-of-7, won next three games 7-1, 12-2, 11-2.

The Red Sox are the only team in history to come back from 0-2 in a best-of-five series more than once, and they hope to make it a third time beginning this afternoon.

Both Game 3 starters finished the regular season on a high note. Josh Tomlin had a 1.69 ERA in five games (four starts). Clay Buchholz allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.

In two games against Cleveland this year (April 6 and May 20), Buchholz allowed nine runs in 10 innings. Tomlin pitched 7.2 innings against the Red Sox on August 15, allowing three runs.

You can feel buried in a short series very quickly, but things can reverse course just as fast. A few clutch hits, a handful of shut-down innings, and we could be on our way back to Cleveland for a do-or-die Game 5.

Remember this, from 2007? It's good advice. No need to panic. Just play ... and win.

But, seriously:

Hey, Cleveland:


allan said...

But seriously seriously: Enjoy the game.

laura k said...

I wonder what's going on in that locker room.

laura k said...

Wait! The switch! Post the switch!

allan said...


allan said...

Santana, DH
Kipnis, 2B
Lindor, SS
Napoli, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Chisenhall, RF
Crisp, LF
Naquin, CF
Perez, C

allan said...

Scott Lauber, ESPN:
Red Sox would still have to win Game 3, of course, but rainout could favor them if they extend series considering a) Porcello would likely start Game 4 at home ... and b) elimination of off-day between Games 4-5 might force Indians to be more conservative with usage of bullpen, especially Miller and Allen.

Paul Hickman said...

I just had thoughts of the rainout in 2004 ALCS v Evil Empire ........ Hmmmmm

Jere said...

'86 ALCS not on the list?!

allan said...

I didn't even think back that far. I saw '99 and '03 mentioned and went from there.