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10/1: ALDS Game 1 - Buckle Up!

Evan BrunellFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2008
Prev. Gm:

Boston Red Sox (0-0) @ Los Angeles Angels (0-0)

Jon Lester (0-0, -.–) @ John Lackey (0-0, -.–)

10:05 PM EDT | Angel Stadium (Anaheim, CA)


GAME NOTES: I can’t imagine the Red Sox are going to dominate the Angels as they did in ‘04 or ‘07; the two possiblities are a hard-fought series or a LA blowout. That said, its critical that the local nine get off to a good start tonight. Fortunately, Jon Lester has arguably been Boston’s best pitcher this season and starts on the hill tonight. Let’s hope for a connection between the years since Lester ended the ‘07 postseason and begins ‘08.

From the Boston Globe:

(Career batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage against John Lackey in parentheses)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (.000, .000, .000)
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B (.417, .462, .583)
3. David Ortiz, DH (.333, .412, .700)
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B (.294, .294, .647)
5. J.D. Drew, RF (.313, .389, .500)
6. Jason Bay, LF (Has never faced Lackey)
7. Mike Lowell, 3B (.158, .158, .158)
8. Jed Lowrie, SS (Has never faced Lackey)
9. Jason Varitek, C (.208, .296, .333)
SP — Jon Lester

Evan has some interesting facts and notes about the series posted below. Make sure to take advantage of all the features and coverage throughout the playoffs here at Fire Brand!

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