In 2008 when these two teams last squared off in the postseason, the Rays outlasted the Red Sox 4 games to 3 in the ALCS, advancing to the World Series where they were vanquished by the Philadelphia Phillies. While only David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia remain from the lineup that faced Matt Garza in the deciding game, Boston’s Game 7 starter, Jon Lester, will get the chance to avenge the loss by getting the ball for Boston in Game 1. The man who saved that clincher, David Price, will likely go to the mound for Tampa Bay in Game 2 on Saturday evening.
via ALDS Rays vs. Red Sox: Tale of the Tape – Stats Driven – Boston sports statistics blog.
Looks like we wont have any fried chicken or beer during this playoff series.
I, like the majority of Red Sox fans, are nervous about this series.
Maybe Ellsbury can steal us a taco and we can scratch away a few runs against the quality rays rotation.
I feel like the big hits are either going to be from:
a) The heart of the franchise: Ortiz, Pedroia, Ellsbury,
b) The new guys: Gomes, Drew, Victorino, Napoli
c) Feel good story: Nava, X-man, Carp, Salty
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