The Red Sox are heading to the postseason with a mix of experienced Boston veterans and a bevy of gritty newcomers. Most players on the projected 25-man roster have had some experience playing in the postseason. We take a look at the current Red Sox and their playoff highlights. Next
For his postseason career, Ortiz has 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 66 games to go along with a .283/.388/.520 slash line. In eight World Series games, Big Papi has a 1.013 OPS.
On Oct. 18, for the second straight night, the Red Sox scored the tying run against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. And for the second straight night (left), Ortiz was the hero in extra innings as the Sox took Game 5 to send the series back to New York. With two outs in the 14th inning, Ortiz came up against Yankees righthander Esteban Loaiza and after after nine pitches, Big Papi knocked a single into center field that dropped in front of Bernie Williams as Johnny Damon sped home with the winning run.
As you know by now, the Sox went back to New York to take care of business in Yankee Stadium in Games 6 and 7 before disposing of the Cardinals to win the World Series.
For his postseason career, Ortiz has 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 66 games to go along with a .283/.388/.520 slash line. In eight World Series games, Big Papi has a 1.013 OPS Next
As a Phillie on Oct. 2, 2008, the Flyin' Hawaiin crushed a second-inning grand slam off Milwaukee Brewers lefty CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. It was the first grand slam in Phillies playoff history.
Philadelphia went on to beat the Rays in the '08 World Series. In Game 5 of the 2009 NLCS, Victorino homered and drove in three runs in the Phillies’ pennant-clinching victory over the Dodgers.
In 46 postseason games, Victorino has 6 home runs and 30 RBIs to go along with a .269/.338/.446 line, plus he’s played Gold Glove-caliber defense. Next
Ellsbury made a name for himself as a rookie in the 2007 postseason... and that name was Tacoby Bellsbury because Taco Bell gave everyone in America a free taco as part of a promotion when Ellsbury stole second base in the fourth inning of the second game of the World Series, putting the company’s “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion into play.
In the photo, Ellsbury is fired up after scoring a run during Boston's six-run third inning outburst against the Indians in Game 6 of the 2007 ALCS. The Sox would win the series in seven games and advance to sweep the Rockies for their second world championship in three years.
Ellsbury batted .438/.500/.688 in the ‘07 Series, going 7-for-16. Ellsbury has scored 12 runs in 22 postseason games in his career. He does not have a playoff home run. Next
Berry was acquired by the Red Sox in August to bring some Dave Roberts-like speed to Boston in the stretch of the pennant drive. As a member of the Tigers in 2012, Berry appeared in 11 postseason games for the American League Champs, going 5-for-26 with three runs scored.
He is expected to be used primarily as a pinch-running threat for the Red Sox in the postseason. Next
Dempster made it to the postseason with the Chicago Cubs twice in his career. In Game 2 of the 2007 NLDS in Arizona, Dempster pitched an inning of relief in an 8-4 loss to the D-backs, picking up two strikeouts.
In 2008, old friend Derek Lowe, pitching for the Dodgers, outdueled Dempster in a 7-2 Dodgers win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS. Dempster had 7 walks in 4 2/3 innings in that start and gave up a homer to James Loney.
Dempster is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in his postseason career. Dempster is slated to pitch out of the bullpen for the Red Sox in the playoffs. Next
The face of the retooled Red Sox spent six years with the Tampa Bay Rays before making it to the playoffs with the Cincinnati Reds in 2009, when he drove in a career-high 86 runs. Gomes struck out twice against Phillies righty Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS and whiffed against lefty Cole Hamels in Game 3.
Gomes went 0-for-6 in the series as the Phillies swept the Reds in three games.
In 2012, Gomes went to the postseason again as a member of the Oakland A's, helping the Athletics get into the playoffs by belting 18 home runs to go along with 47 RBIs in 279 at-bats. Gomes went hitless in one at-bat as a pinch hitter in a 6-0 Game 5 loss to the Tigers.
For his career, Gomes is 0-for-7 in three postseason games. Next
Pedroia made his postseason debut in his rookie of the year season in 2007 and played a major role in leading the Red Sox to a World Series championship, batting .345 against Cleveland in the ALCS and driving in four runs against the Rockies in the Series.
And don't blame Pedroia for the Red Sox falling to the Tampa Rays in the 2008 ALCS. The Sox second baseman went .346/.469/.731 with three long balls for the Sox in that series—the one where Boston roared back from a 7-0 seventh inning defecit in Game 5 only to lose in Tampa Bay in Game 6.
For the six series of his postseason career, Pedroia batted .252 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 115 at-bats, all while playing his all-out style defense at second base. Next
Lackey's signature postseason moment happened on Oct. 27, 2002 when he was the winning pitcher for the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants. Lackey pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run, in the championship victory.
Lackey faced the Red Sox three times in the postseason as a member of the Angels, going 1-2. In the 2009 ALDS, Lackey outdueled Jon Lester in Game 1, picking up the win in a 5-0 Angels victory over the Red Sox, giving up just 4 hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Angels eliminated the Red Sox in three games.
For his career, Lackey is 3-4 with 3.12 ERA in 9 postseason games. Next
The last time the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007, it was Jon Lester who picked up the win in Game 4 in Colorado. Lester pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-hit shutout baseball and Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save when the Sox celebrated at Coors Field.
In his last postseason appearance in 2009, Lester was outdueled by John Lackey in Game 1 of the ALDS in Anaheim as the Angels got on their way to a sweep of Boston with a 5-0 win. Next
Napoli was famous as a Red Sox Killer before signing with Boston in 2013, and he brought significant postseason experience with him. Napoli's first taste of postseason baseball came with the Angels against the Red Sox in 2007, when he had a single in six at-bats.
In 2008, Napoli's Angels squared off against Boston again in the ALDS, and this time the current Sox first baseman belted two home runs and had four RBIs in a losing cause. Both of Napoli's '08 homers came in Game 3 at Fenway Park.
He was back behind the plate when the Angels swept the Sox in the ALDS in three games in 2009. As a member of the Rangers in 2011, Napoli had 10 RBIs against the Cardinals in the World Series in a losing cause.
Napoli has appeared in the playoffs in five seasons In 110 plate appearances over five seasons, Napoli has 5 home runs, 19 RBIs, and a .272/.373/.457 line. Next
As a member of the Colorado Rockies in 2007, Morales faced the Red Sox in the World Series twice. In Game 1, Morales started the fifth inning in relief of Jeff Francis and the Sox lit him up to the tune of 6 hits and 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning as Boston crushed Colorado 13-1 at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and J.D. Drew all drove in runs off Morales in the fifth inning.
In Game 3 at Coors Field, Drew doubled off Morales, the only hit Morales would give up in 2 1/3 innings, but the Red Sox cruised to a 10-5 victory.
Morales has appeared in 8 postseason games, with no record, and a 7.82 ERA. Next
For a guy who has a reputation as a big game pitcher, Peavy's postseason numbers are not impressive. Peavy, pitching for San Diego, faced the Cardinals twice in the postseason in 2005 and 2006. In Game 1 of the '05 NLDS, Peavy was outdueled by Chris Carpenter, picking up the loss after giving up 8 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 8-5 Cardinals' victory.
Peavy wasn't hit quite as hard in '06 when he lost to Carpenter and the Cards in Game 1 of the NLDS 5-1. Peavy gave up 11 hits and 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings in that start.
For his postseason career, Peavy is 0-2 with a 12.10 ERA as a member of the Padres. Next
As a reliever with the Chicago White Sox, Thornton faced the Tampa Bay Rays three times out of the bullpen in the 2008 ALDS when the Rays took the series 3-1 and went on to beat the Red Sox in the ALCS. Thornton had no record, and gave up no runs, in 3 1/3 innings in the '08 postseason. Next
In his first postseason appearance as a member of the Texas Rangers in Game 2 the 2011 ALDS, Uehara did not retire a Tampa Bay Ray batter when he took the mound in the seventh inning, giving up a walk, a single, and then a three-run homer to Evan Longoria before being relieved by Darren Oliver.
In the '11 ALCS vs. the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera homered off Uehara in the seventh inning of Game 3. In Game 5, Uehara gave up another homer to the Tigers' Ryan Raburn. Despite Uehara's woes, the Rangers advanced the World Series.
In the 2012 AL wild-card playoff game, Uehara looked like the closer we’ve come to know in Boston as he struck out three Orioles in an inning of work, but Texas fell to Baltimore.
In 4 postseason appearances, Uehara has no record, and a 19.29 ERA in 2 1/3 innings of work for the Rangers. Next
The Red Sox utility infielder had two plate appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 NLDS. He did not reach base and the Milwaukee Brewers pushed past the D-backs in five game to advance to the NLCS. Next
The Cardinals beat the Braves 6-3 in the 2012 NL wild card game, but don't blame David Ross. The Red Sox backup catcher went 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run off Kyle Lohse. Ross also played for the Red Sox when they faced the Angels in the 2008 ALDS, but did not step to the plate.
For his postseason career, Ross has a terrific 429/.500/.857 line Next
As a member of the Athletics in 2012, Drew went 4-for-19 with an RBI. In 53 postseason plate appearances, Drew has 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, a stolen base, and a.320/.358/.540 slash line.
As a member of the Athletics in 2012, Drew went 4-for-19 with an RBI
In 53 postseason plate appearances, Drew has 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, a stolen base, and a.320/.358/.540 slash line. Next
First taste of the postseason
Red Sox and former Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is among a handful of Red Sox players who have yet to lace up for postseason play. Others on this list include pitcher Craig Breslow, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, pitcher Junichi Tazawa, pitcher Brandon Workman, infielder Xander Bogaerts, outfielder Mike Carp, pitcher Felix Doubront, and outfielder Daniel Nava. Back to the beginning
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