By the numbers: Red Sox continue offensive outburst in ALCS Game 3 rout of Astros


It’s a troublesome time to be a pitcher going through the Red Sox.

Boston has tagged the Astros for big run totals in back-to-back ALCS wins, first beating Houston 9-5 in Game 2 at Minute Maid Park to tie the collection at a sport apiece after which working out to a 12-3 win in Game 3 on Monday at Fenway Park.

There have been quite a bit of surprising numbers, particularly early-inning totals, which have Boston trying like an all-time offensive powerhouse.

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Sporting News takes a have a look at some of these stats behind the group’s latest spectacular begins.

Early output

The Red Sox make sure that to ascertain themselves early as the favourite to win.

In eight video games this postseason, the Red Sox have scored 35 runs in Innings 1-3. Boston has launched 11 house runs throughout these early bursts.

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That homer complete is already tied for the fifth-most house runs in the first three innings in a single postseason in MLB historical past, according to data from Stathead. The different groups which have tagged pitchers for double-digit house runs early in postseason video games:

Team Year HRs
Rays 2008 15
Mets 2015 12
Rays 2020 12
Dodgers 2020 12
Astros 2004 11
Red Sox 2021 11
Cardinals 2004 10
Cardinals 2011 10

The scary half is the Red Sox have a minimum of three extra video games remaining in their 2021 postseason. They might be effectively on their solution to a file if they will sustain what they have been doing.

Home run historical past

Can’t get sufficient of the lengthy ball? The Red Sox cannot, both, a minimum of not in this postseason. Let’s simply say, the laundry cart is already racking up the mileage.

Midway by Game 3, ESPN’s Marly Rivera tweeted that the Red Sox have been nearing the franchise file for many house runs in a single postseason, which they set in 2003 with 20. A number of innings and blasts by J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers later, Boston had tied the mark, needing solely eight video games to do it.

As Rivera famous, the 2004 Astros additionally hit 20 house runs in their first eight postseason video games to set the MLB file. The 2021 Red Sox set the American League file Monday. The ’04 Astros misplaced in the NLCS to the Cardinals, who went on to be swept in 4 video games by the Red Sox in the World Series. 

Kiké Hernandez’s scary swing

There won’t be a greater bat proper now in Boston’s lineup than Hernandez’s.

With two extra hits Monday, Hernandez elevated his postseason complete to 18 by eight video 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 extra, Hernandez is persistently placing the ball in play. He has struck out simply 4 instances this postseason. He has homered 5 instances. In different phrases, he has jogged round the bases extra instances than he has walked again to the dugout.

He left Monday’s sport with a 2.027 OPS and .615 batting common in the ALCS. 

And this is not simply luck. Even by Baseball Savant’s anticipated numbers, he has been one of the sport’s finest in the postseason. His xBA is .388, his xOBP is .414 and his xSLG is .817.

OK, so perhaps there is a bit of luck, however a slash line of .388/.414/.817 would nonetheless seemingly be sufficient by itself to internet him the ALCS MVP award.

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