The Rockies' No. 1 starter is Jeff Francis, who has a striking resemblance to the lead character in the movie "Napoleon Dynamite." Boston's No. 1 starter is Josh Beckett, who is building a case to be ranked among the greatest postseason pitchers of all time, with a record of 5-2, 1.78 in October.
Boston's No. 2 starter is Curt Schilling, who is ranked among the greatest postseason pitchers of all time. Colorado's No. 2 starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, has been in the big leagues about three months.
Tim Wakefield, Boston's likely Game 4 starter, pitched in his first postseason game in 1992. Franklin Morales, who might start against Wakefield, was six years old.
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has played in 49 postseason games. Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba has a total of 28 career at-bats in the postseason.
Todd Helton is the most experienced member of Colorado's lineup -- and the Rockies nearly moved him to Boston on the eve of spring training in a salary dump.
The Rockies have had more workouts in snow (one) than they've played actual games (zero) the last eight days.
In Games 1, 2, 6 and 7, the Rockies will probably choose their DH from this group: Ryan Spilborghs, Seth Smith, Cory Sullivan and Jeff Baker. And Boston's designated hitter is David Ortiz.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Fun Rox/Sox Comparison
From Buster Olney's blog today (Insider required):
Posted by Mike at Monday, October 22, 2007