Boston Red Sox: Wil Myers

Where there's a Wil, there's a rarity

October, 5, 2013
BOSTON -- How rare was Wil Myers' misplay on David Ortiz's ground-rule double in Game 1, especially in October? The crack staff at ESPN Stats & Info offer this nugget:

Since 2010, there have been nearly 2,100 fly balls in postseason games. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Wil Myers was only the third player to "abandon the effort to make a play in the mistaken belief somebody else would make it." The other two were pitcher Tim Lincecum and catcher Gerald Laird, meaning Myers was the only outfielder of the group.


• On the topic of rarities: We passed along from Sox crack statman Jon Shestakofsky on Friday that the Sox were the first team since the 1936 Yankees to play a postseason game in which every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run. That happened in Game 2 of the World Series, an 18-4 win by the Yankees over the Giants in the Polo Grounds. The Yankees had five eventual Hall of Famers in the lineup: Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Tony Lazzeri and pitcher Lefty Gomez. Dickey and Lazzeri both drove in five runs; leadoff man Frankie Crosetti had three hits and a walk and scored four times.

• Here's more on what the Sox did Friday, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

They became the first team to score at least 12 runs without hitting a home run since the Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series against the Yankees (Game 6, 15-2). That was the game it was learned afterward that Arizona's video staff discovered that Andy Pettitte of the Yankees was tipping pitches. Only three other teams have done so in the last 50 years: the '93 Blue Jays, the '85 Cardinals, and the '78 Yankees.

• The winner of Game 1 in an AL division series has won Game 2 20 of 36 times, a .556 percentage. The Sox are 8-7-1 after winning Game 1 of a postseason series, 5-2 in their last seven Game 2's following a win.

Ortiz talks odd double on Myers' miscue

October, 4, 2013

Red Sox DH David Ortiz got the benefit of a lucky bounce on a long fly ball to right field in Boston's pivotal five-run fourth inning, and spoke about the odd play after Boston's 12-2 win over the Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Ortiz followed Dustin Pedroia's leadoff single by hitting a deep fly to right-center that Rays right fielder Wil Myers misplayed into a ground-rule double. It appeared that Myers was in position to make the catch before bailing out and allowing the ball to bounce into the Red Sox's bullpen.

"Well, it was so confusing because, I saw [Myers] kind of got underneath of the ball, and the next thing I know, I saw the thing bouncing behind, but I thought it bounced in the bullpen or whatever," Ortiz told ESPN's Buster Olney. "It was confusing, but since like somebody called it or whatever, [Myers] gave up on it, and it was crazy."

Myers took the blame for the miscue after the game, saying that he wasn't called off by center fielder Desmond Jennings but "saw him out of the corner of [his] eye and backed off," simply making a mistake by not finishing the play and by failing to make the catch on the warning track.

Instead of having one out and Pedroia on first base, the Sox ended up with Pedroia on third and Ortiz on second with no outs. After first baseman Mike Napoli popped out to second, left fielder Jonny Gomes doubled off the Green Monster in left to score Pedroia and Ortiz to tie the game 2-2. The Sox tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning, and the rout was on.