Stats to ponder
Just some quick stats as the Sox return to Fenway Park for Game 6 tonight, and why I'm thinking we'll be back here for Game 7 tomorrow.
--Curt Schilling will be facing a team for the second time in a post-game series for the sixth time in his career. In the previous five starts, he is 3-0 with 22 hits allowed and a total of four earned runs. That translates to an ERA of 0.90.
--The Sox were 51-30 at home this season, 39-22 against right-handed pitches. They hit .297 at Fenway Park (vs. .262 on the road) and hit 30 more doubles at Fenway Park.
--Boston's slugging percentage was .041 better at home this season (.465 vs. .424), their on-base percentage was .035 better at Fenway (.379 vs. .344), leading to an .844 OPS at home (vs. .768.)
Add to that the fact that Fausto Carmona has a 1-2 record with a 6.23 ERA at Fenway Park, and it's clear that bringing this series back to Boston has brought this team back to life.
Enjoy the game. We'll see you post-game.