Thursday, December 2

By the numbers: Red Sox continue their offensive outburst in ALCS Game 3 loss to the Astros

It’s a tough time to be a pitcher against the Red Sox.

Boston has tagged the Astros for great run totals in back-to-back ALCS victories, first beating Houston 9-5 in Game 2 at Minute Maid Park to tie the series at one game apiece and then rushing to a 12- win. 3 in Game 3 on Monday at Fenway Park.

There have been plenty of shocking numbers, specifically early inning totals, that make Boston look like an all-time offensive powerhouse.

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Sporting News takes a look at some of those stats behind the team’s recent impressive starts.

Early leave

The Red Sox make sure to establish themselves early as the favorites to win.

In eight games this postseason, the Red Sox have scored 35 runs at Innings 1-3. Boston has hit 11 home runs during those first few bursts.

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That home run total is already tied for the fifth most home runs in the first three innings in a single postseason in MLB history. according to Stathead data. The other teams that have tagged pitchers for double-digit home runs early in postseason games:

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The scary part is that the Red Sox have at least There are three more games left in the 2021 postseason. They’ll be well on their way to a record if they can maintain what they’ve been doing.

Home run history

Can’t get enough of the long ball? The Red Sox can’t either, at least not this postseason. Let’s say the laundry cart is already racking up mileage.

Midway through Game 3, ESPN’s Marly Rivera tweeted that the Red Sox were closing in on the franchise record for most home runs in a postseason, which they set in 2003 at 20. A few innings and blasts by JD Martinez and Rafael Devers later, Boston he had tied the mark, needing only eight games to do so.

As Rivera noted, the 2004 Astros also hit 20 home runs in their first eight postseason games to set the MLB record. The 2021 Red Sox set the American League record on Monday. The 2004 Astros lost in the NL Championship Series to the Cardinals, who were swept in four games by the Red Sox in the World Series.

Kiké Hernandez’s terrifying swing

There may not be a better bat in Boston’s lineup right now than Hernandez.

With two more hits Monday, Hernandez increased his postseason total to 18 through eight games, tying him with Hideki Matsui (2004) and Thurman Munson (1976) for the most hits in an eight-game span since 1903. according to Stathead.

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What’s more, Hernández is constantly putting the ball into play. He has struck out only four times this postseason. He has hit five home runs. In other words, he has run around the bases more times than he has returned to the dugout.

He left Monday’s game with a 2,027 OPS and a .615 batting average in the American League Championship Series.

And this is not just luck. Even by Baseball Savant’s expected numbers, he’s been one of the game’s best in the postseason. Your xBA is .388, your xOBP is .414, and your xSLG is .817.

Okay, maybe there’s a bit of luck, but a .388 / .414 / .817 bar line would probably be enough on its own to earn you the ALCS MVP award.

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