Saturday, October 5, 2013
Red Sox spread hot bats throughout lineup
By ESPN Stats & Information
AP Photo/Charles KrupaThe Boston Red Sox started the 2013 postseason on the right note, with a convincing victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox scored 12 runs in Game 1, the most the Rays have ever allowed in a postseason game.
Spreading it around
Every single Red Sox starter had at least one hit and at least one run scored. The Sox are the third team in postseason history to accomplish that feat, joining the 1936 New York Yankees (World Series Game 2 versus Giants) and 1934 St. Louis Cardinals (World Series Game 7 versus Tigers).
The Red Sox made the most of their hits. For the first time in franchise history, they scored 12 runs in a postseason game without hitting a home run. Boston is the first team to score 12 runs without a homer in a postseason game since the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series against the Yankees. The last American League team to do so was the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bad night for the Rays
The 12 runs the Rays allowed are the most they’ve surrendered in a postseason game in franchise history.
The Rays continue the trend of the “wild-card hangover.” Since the wild-card game was implemented last postseason, all four winners of the wild-card game lost in Game 1 of the Division Series.
Moore was ineffective
Matt Moore struggled for the Rays, allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 4 ⅓ innings.
Moore abandoned his curveball, as 75 percent of his pitches were fastballs -- his highest percentage in any start this season. Only six percent of his pitches were curveballs, which marked his lowest percentage in any start this season. Only one of the six curveballs he threw was a strike.
It was even worse in the fourth inning. Moore didn’t throw a single curveball and 82 percent of his pitches were fastballs. In that inning, 55 percent of his overall pitches and 67 percent of his fastballs were up in the zone. The Red Sox went 3-for-5 and missed just one of their 13 swings against pitches up in the zone in the fourth inning.