With a Game 4 win tonight over the Colorado Rockies (8pm ET, FOX), the Boston Red Sox would become World Series Champions for the second time in four years. In both instances, the win would come with sweeps.
Tonight highlights some unknowns in the Series so far, both in terms of pitching:
LHP Jon Lester for the Red Sox (0-0, 4.91) vs. RHP Aaron Cook (1st Appearance) for the Rockies.
Here’s some factoids leading up to tonight’s Game 4:
Rookies Dominate for Red Sox in Game 3
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia were 7-for-10 with 4 RBI on Saturday in becoming the 1st pair of rookies to ever bat 1-2 in a World Series game.
Ellsbury became just the 3rd rookie ever with 4 hits in a WS game, joining the Giants’ Fred Lindstrom on Oct. 8, 1924 and the Cardinals’ Joe Garagiola on Oct. 10, 1946…He is just the 2nd Red Sox player ever with 4 hits in a WS game…Wally Moses was 4-5 on Oct. 10, 1946 vs. the Cardinals…Ellsbury was the 8th player with 3 doubles in a WS game, one behind Frank Isbell’s (1906) all-time record, the 2nd Red Sox (Trot Nixon, Oct. 27, 2004 vs. STL).
Pedroia has a 6-game hitting streak in this post-season at .444 (12-27) with 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 11 RBI…He has a rookie post-season record 6 doubles in 2007, has tied Derek Jeter (1996) for the most runs ever by a rookie at 12 while his 17 hits rank as 5th most.
Manny Being Manny
Manny Ramirez has hit the most home runs ever in post-season play (24)…Has 64 RBI in post-season action, 2nd most all-time behind Bernie Williams (80) and 59 walks are 4th highest...His .542 OBP in this post-season is 3rd best ever in a postseason to Barry Bonds’ .581 in 2002 and Rickey Henderson’s .568 in 1989.
Terry Francona is 7-0 in World Series play, the most WS wins without a loss of any manager all-time.
Rarified Mile-High Air
The Sox have pinned 3 consecutive losses on the Rockies, matching the second-longest losing streak all season for Colorado…in fact, this matches the Rockies’ longest losing streak since the beginning of June, as only other time team lost 3 straight over final 3 months of regular season came Sept. 13-15…Rox are seeking a win tonight to avoid losing 4 straight games for just the second time in 2007…the only time that happened came with an 8-game losing streak at the end of June, which was comprised of the first 8 games of a 1-9 road trip…that 8-game slide followed a 3-game sweep of the Yankees at Coors Field.
Leading the Way
Kazuo Matsui hit leadoff last night for the first time since the Division Series against Philadelphia.
Rockies Starters Need to Go Deeper
Rockies starters have allowed 6 runs in 2 of the first 3 games of this World Series, this after never allowing more than 3 runs during the club’s 7-game postseason win streak…Rox starters have pitched less than 5.0 innings in 4 consecutive games, as the last pitcher to get through 5.0 frames was Josh Fogg during Game 3 of the NLCS vs. Arizona.
Waiting is the Hardest Part
Should he start tonight as scheduled, Aaron Cook would have the longest layoff before a World Series start since Bob Grim with the 1955 Yankees, who started Game 5 of the series, but had not registered a start since June 12 (112 days between starts)
The Dice-K Man Commeth
Daisuke Matsuzaka’s 3rd inning 1B was the 1st hit by a Sox pitcher in a postseason game since Bill Lee singled in Game 7 of the 1975 WS…Was the 1st RBI since Jose Santiago homered in Game 1 of the 1967 WS.
Use ‘em if You’ve Got ‘em
Boston used 6 pitchers on Saturday to tie the WS record for most hurlers employed by a winning team…Jon Lester will be the 1st Red Sox lefthander to start a World Series game since Bruce Hurst in Game 7 of the 1986 fall classic against the Mets.
(Source: Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Major League Baseball)
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