BOSTON -- This is more like it.
No clouds. No mist. No drizzle. Just sunny skies and pleasant, fall-like temperatures as the Red Sox take batting practice Sunday evening at Fenway Park prior to Game 2 of the ALCS. The forecast calls for it to be 52 degrees when the first pitch is thrown at approximately 8:15 p.m. -- it's 57 now -- and it will drop into the upper 40s as the game progresses. October baseball, indeed.
The lineups have been posted and the Sox regulars are currently in the cage. (Dustin Pedroia is shooting line drives into right field as I write this.) The countdown to gametime has begun.
And here, to help pass the time, are some game notes courtesy of the Red Sox' P.R. department:
-- Despite Saturday's loss, the Sox have outscored their opponents by 26-13 in their first five postseason games. Both their losses -- in Game 3 of the ALDS to the Rays, and Game 1 of the ALCs to the Tigers -- have been by one run. In fact, their last four losses dating back to the regular season have been by one run.
-- For all the worry that Saturday's near no-hitter engendered about their offense, the Sox lead all playoff teams with an average of 5.2 runs per game so far in the postseason. They also have the best team OBP (.356) and lead the majors in walks (26).
-- Sox relievers have a 1.32 postseason ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP), the best among 2013 playoff teams that reached at least the Division Series.
-- Tonight's Red Sox starter, Clay Buchholz, has a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP) and a .152 opponent average (16-for-105) in four career Fenway Park starts against Detroit. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer and gone seven innings or more in all four of those starts, with one each in every season from 2009-12.
-- David Ortiz has appeared in all 62 Red Sox postseason games beginning in 2003. Tonight -- barring an unforeseen disaster -- he will tie Jason Varitek’s club record of 63 postseason games.
-- Ortiz is the club’s all-time leader in postseason runs (43), hits (66), doubles (16), home runs (14), RBI (46), walks (46) and extra base hits (32).