|Eighth inning tidbits||10.13.08 at 4:49 pm ET|
All of the following info is taken off the live, interactive blog which can be found further down in the Game Day Blog post …
- Garza just became the first starter to allow one or fewer runs against the Sox in at least six postseason innings since Jon Lieber did so in Game 2 of the 2004 ALCS. There have been a total of 32 such starts against the Red Sox in their postseason history.
- The Sox went 3-14 this season when EL Caballito had a GIDP, losing their last 9 straight (since 7/18).
- By the way, it’s been a relatively inactive postseason for two members of the Red Sox who collaborated to produce one of the great video bits in recent memory. So we now have a Byrd sighting…is Casey to follow?
- FYI: Since the ALCS went to the best-of-seven format in 1985, eight of the 12 Game 3 winners have gone on the World Series.
- Presuming that Lester takes the loss, he would become the first Sox starter to take a postseason “L” since Tim Wakefield did so in Game 4 of the 2007 ALCS. Wakefield will try to alter that history tomorrow. No way that they move Daisuke up to take the ball. (Sox starters had been 9-0, 2.67 in the last 13 games before today.)
- Sox are 6-9 in postseason games in which Wake has appeared (5-3 at Fenway Park). 3-5 as a starter.
- Bay: 8 2-out RBIs this postseason. Amazing.
- One of the real lessons of the first three games is the outstanding quality of Tampa’s pitching – or, more accurately, pitching+defense. Their G.M. (they actually don’t use that title) Andrew Friedman said that they made improved run prevention their top priority of last offseason. They haven’t changed their pitching staff that dramatically – Garza and Troy Percival being the key offseason acquisitions – but they’ve become a staff that can absolutely shut down opponents.
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