The Boston Red Sox ended an incredible season with a fantastic run after the end of the season, which went 11-3 against the 100-win New York Yankees, the 103-win Houston Astros and a team from Los Angeles Dodgers. Only three teams in the wildcard era had a better record in the postseason, but none of them hit three teams whose caliber had to beat the Red Sox. And the Red Sox outclassed their opponents with 33 runs. Joe Sheehan pointed out that only the Red Sox of 2007 (plus 53) had a larger running differential in the postseason since the wildcard era began in 1995.
The skipper of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox made a special commitment to his players – even his parents thanked him.
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Combined with a regular season of 108 wins, the Red Sox 2018 is one of the best teams in the last few decades. Let's take a look at the biggest game in each of the eleven playoff victories with a stat named wWPA-winning team. Winning probability added via baseball-reference.com. WPA gives us an estimate of how much a team's odds of winning have changed after a particular game. (Detailed explanation here.)
ALDS Game 1: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
The game: J.D. Martinez meets J.A. Happ in the first inning (20 percent WWPA).
It's fitting that Boston's postseason run in the American League Division Series got off to a rousing start in the regular season thanks to a big blast from RBI's leading player. Martinez launched with a laser of 107 mph directly over the green monster. Craig Kimbrel made it interesting – this would be a recurring theme throughout October – when Aaron learned Judge in the ninth round, but Kimbrel recovered to beat the next three thugs.
ALDS Game 3: Red Sox 16, Yankees 1
The game: Andrew Benintendi joins the left field in the third inning (10 percent wWPA).
Can you have a big game in a 16-1 game? Maybe not. With the Red Sox hits, which were 1-0 against Yankees starter Luis Severino, Mookie Betts took a third place. Then Benintendi blew a ball down the left-line – he would spend the whole of October hitting small chunkies and ground balls with his eyes. He hit .268 in the postseason, although only .39 was beaten. Andrew McCutchen made a slow leap into the game and Betts had a good reading and quickly slipped to third, but McCutchen tried to knock him out and let Benintendi advance to second place. Both would score and the router was on.
However, the piece was considered so insignificant that it did not even provide for MLB's extended highlight cut of 3 minutes and 48 seconds. That's why this game is more like the Brock Holt Cycle Game than the Andrew Benintendi Bloop Hit Game.
ALDS Game 4: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3
The game: Craig Kimbrel gets Gleyber Torres to end the game (18 percent wWPA).
Remember this event: It was a 4-1 victory when Kimbrel broke with two strikes, a base goal and a batter. Before Torres, Gary Sanchez had just missed a walk-off Grand Slam with a towering flying ball to the warning lane in the left field. Imagine how different this postseason might have been if this ball had cleared the fence. In a 1: 2 Torres hit a slow scooter in third place, Eduardo Núñez made a nice change to the first base and Steve Pearce made the last stretch. After a repeat report Torres was confirmed and the Red Sox moved on.
When Sam Miller later asked: What if Núñez had played one foot down?
ALCS Game 2: Red Sox 7, Astros 5
The game: In the third inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. beats a base-heavy double by Gerrit Cole (29 percent WWPA).
Bradley beat the bases in a 1-1 reverse in the regular season, beating Cole with two outs and the Astros 4-2 in the AL Championship Series. Cole threw a 2-1 ball at 98 mph and Bradley hit him in the left line. With an exit speed of 95.7 mph and a starting angle of 36 degrees, the ball dropped an estimated 330 feet. According to Statcast data, it had a hit probability of 14 percent. In most parks it is out. Fenway got off the green monster and rolled along the line along the padding and cleared the bases.
ALCS game 3: Red Sox 8, Astros 2
The game: Steve Pearce meets Joe Smith in sixth place to break a 2-2 draw (17 percent WWPA).
Bradley's Grand Slam in the eighth inning before Roberto Osuna was a memorable moment, but the Red Sox had already taken the lead 4-2 at the time. Instead, the home run of Pearce scores as the key of the game. Alex Bregman had just finished the game with a double at the end of the fifth and A.J. Hinch got Sidearmer Smith to face Righties Xander Bogaerts and Pearce. Alex Cora would have been able to score with Mitch Moreland, but the Red Sox coach kept Pearce in the game and pushed a 1-0 field into the left field.
ALCS Game 4: Red Sox 8, Astros 6
The game: Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a homer from Josh James in the sixth inning (31 percent WWPA).
This is actually the biggest hit in Boston's postseason. The Astros were 5: 4, as Christian Vázquez doubled with two cutouts and the ball rebounded from the top of the glove by George Springer. (Do not call it luck, call it baseball, or call it luck, depending on which side your root is.)
Of course, the game everybody remembers is Benintendi's endless catch on Bregman's liner when the bases are loaded. The game scores with 17 percent wWPA, but the computer only sees one F7 with charged bases. It does not recognize the do-or-die nature of Benintendi's dive. When the ball goes past him, all three runners score and the Astros wins the game, and God knows what happens when this series is the same. So Benintendi's catch is our highlight:
ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 4, Astros 1
The game: Rafael Devers meets Justin Verlander in the sixth round (12 percent).
Martinez's solo home run in the first inning is also 12 percent, but we give Devers & # 39; triple bang the lead, which brought the 4-0. Well, it was not really a great time. It was a 358-foot flying ball that crept into the Crawford boxes in the left field. In neutral weather conditions, this ball is a home game in just one major's park: Minute Maid Field.
World Series Game 1: Red Sox 8, Dodgers 4
The game: Eduardo Núñez hits Alex Wood in seventh (19 percent wWPA).
The Red Sox had already taken the lead 5: 4, but Núñez's triple home race had frozen the win. It was also something of Vladimir Guerrero when Núñez pulled off a racket from his shoe tips and somehow fell out. It was another in a long list of Cora moves all October that made him Einstein in October – and a Dave Roberts train that did not work. Pedro Baez had met two of the three thugs he had in front of him (which he had made on a deliberate walk), but Roberts brought Wood to Devers only to see Cora with the Núñez.
World Series Game 2: Red Sox 4, Dodgers 2
The game: J.D. Martinez breaks a 2-2 draw in fifth place with a two-part single against Ryan Madson (22 percent WWPA).
When we learn another lesson in October, it's not always about how hard you beat them. This inning began with a 2-1 victory for the Dodgers and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who withdrew the first two opponents. Then came a base-goal for the right field, a ground ball in the middle, and Benintendi made an eight-figure gait in a panel appearance that was exhausting for six minutes. Roberts brought Madson in. Pearce started to run and Martinez took a fastball from his fists and threw a goal into the right field. Starting speed: 80 miles per hour.
World Series Game 4: Red Sox 9, Dodgers 6
The game: Rafael Devers is in the ninth half of the starting lineup to resolve a 4: 4 draw (29 percent WWPA).
The Dodgers led 4-0 through six innings behind Rich Hill's one-hit gem and Yasiel Puig's Tony Award home run. They had not had four runs all season. Then came the unlikely comeback of Boston as the Red Sox scored nine runs in the last three innings, eight ahead of LA Bullpen. Mitch Moreland's triple homerun is 17 percent (wWPA), and Pearce (Home) is the eighth, 26 (26). Both, however, are behind Dever's goals in ninth position ahead of Dylan Floro.
It's also not how hard you sometimes hit it. Brock Holt scored a two-king strike over the third base for a one-out doubles and Devers met Sandy Leon and hit the ground. The locks were open and Pearce later cleared the base with a triple double stop.
World Series Game 5: Red Sox 5, Dodgers 1
The game: Steve Pearce buys Clayton Kershaw for a two-part homer in the first race (18 percent WWPA).
We did not know that the game – and the baseball season – was essentially over when the journeyman's first baseman continued his unlikely run as October hero in sixth place of the night.
Of course, most of these games are hits – that's how WPA works. Hits and runs are more rewarding than outs. It could be argued that the real postseason Red Sox MVP was the pitching staff that held the Dodgers 16 games in five games and posted a 3.29 ERA over the entire postseason, including a 2.71 ERA The mix of helpers and starters made up the metropolitan area
In fact, I'm thinking back to Game 1 of the ALDS vs the Yankees. The Bullpen did not really have his best game that day, running three clubs and giving up two runs. However, two of the team's biggest pitching posts in the postseason came in this first game: Brandon Workman beat Gleyber Torres with the bases finished sixth Matt Barnes beat Giancarlo Stanton with loaded bases and no outs in seventh position to prevent a big inning.
The next day, the Bullpen ran seven battles in a 6-2 defeat to the Yankees.
The Red Sox would go the rest of the postseason 10: 2.