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Opening Day by the numbers

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  April 6, 2009 09:00 AM

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Facts and figures to chew on while doing whatever the opposite of a rain dance is:

169
Days since Game 7 of last year’s ALCS

4.9
Runs scored per game last season by the Red Sox in 109 games with Manny Ramirez

5.8
Runs per game in 53 games without Ramirez (“I didn’t know that,” Jason Bay said.)

11/2
Red Sox odds to win the World Series, per bodog.com

2-3
Red Sox record in opening games under Terry Francona

0-2
Red Sox record in opening games of seasons they won the World Series under Francona

7
Years since the Red Sox opened the season at Fenway Park (Pedro Martinez gave up eight runs in three innings and the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 12-11, in 2002.)

59
Opening Day starting pitchers in Red Sox history (Josh Beckett makes 60 today, barring rain.)

21-17
Red Sox record all-time in Opening Day home games

18-17
Red Sox record all-time in Opening Day games at Fenway Park

95.2
Dustin Pedroia’s stolen base percentage last season, which tied with Jayson Werth for best in the majors (Both Pedroia and Werth stole 20 bases and were caught once.)

10
Opening Day starts for Jason Varitek after today (barring rain), tied with Dom DiMaggio, Mike Greenwell, and Wade Boggs for eighth most in Red Sox history.

2
Red Sox Opening Day leftfielders (Manny Ramirez and Troy O’Leary) and catchers (Varitek and Scott Hatteberg) since 1998 (Bay makes three leftfielders today.)

9
Red Sox Opening Day second basemen over the same span: Donnie Sadler, Jeff Frye, Jose Offerman, Rey Sanchez, Chris Stynes, Todd Walker, Mark Bellhorn, Mark Loretta, and Dustin Pedroia (Only Pedroia and Bellhorn made multiple starts. They seem to have figured this one out.)

3-3
Red Sox record on this date last season

1,958,472
Times that Pedroia’s MLB ’09 commercial has aired on MLB Network (Estimate.)

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