Recent history slightly favors Red Sox

Recent history slightly favors Red Sox
October 13, 2013, 2:30 am
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BOSTON – The Red Sox dropped the first game of the ALCS with the Tigers, 1-0, at Fenway Park Satruday night.  In 43 previous ALCS matchups, the team winning Game 1 has gone on to win the series 27 times, or in 63% of the series played. Since the introduction of the seven-game series in 1985, 15 of 27 (56%) teams winning Game 1 have gone on to win the series. In seven of the last 13 ALCS, the team losing Game 1 has gone on to win the series.
 
* Prior to this game, the Red Sox had been shut out at home in a postseason game only once, in Game 5 of the 1918 World Series against the Cubs, when the Red Sox lost 3-0. Saturday’s game marked the first 1-0 postseason game in the history of Fenway Park.
 
* Game 1 marked Jon Lester’s fourth  career start in a Game 1 of a postseason series, passing Josh Beckett, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez, for the most in Red Sox history. Lester now has a quality start in each of his four career starts in Game 1 of a postseason series. He has a 2.00 ERA in those games. Lester is the fourth pitcher in postseason history with a quality start in each of his first four Game 1 starts, joining  John Smoltz, with six, Dave Stewart with five, and  Cole Hamels with four.
 
* Anibal Sanchez became the fourth pitcher in postseason history to throw at least six hitless innings in one game. Don Larsen and Roy Halladay threw no-hitters on Oct. 8, 1956 and Oct. 6, 2010, respectively – the only pitchers to throw complete-game no-hitters in the postseason. Pedro Martinez threw  six no-hit innings in relief for the Red Sox on Oct. 11, 1999 in Game 5 of the ALDS vs. Cleveland. Before Sanchez, the longest outing by a starting pitcher in the postseason who allowed no hits but did not finish the game was Paul Abbott of the Mariners, who pitched five no-hit innings , walking eight while striking out two in Game 4 of the 2001 ALCS vs. the Yankees.
 
* The Tigers became the first team in postseason history to record back-to-back postseason starts of at least five innings in which the starting pitchers allowed no hits. Justin Verlander didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the seventh inning against the A’s on Thursday in Game 5 of the ALDS.
 
* At 21 years 11 days old, Xander Bogaerts became the youngest player in an ALCS game since the Angels’ Francisco Rodriguez in 2002, and the youngest position player in an ALCS since Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez in 1995.