Some off-day notes …
— Having dropped the first two in Chicago, the Red Sox now face up to as many as three straight elimination games (contests in which their season is on the line). Dating back to Games 6 and 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Boston is 5-1 in its last six elimination games. Since 1999, the Red Sox are 11-2 when facing postseason elimination.
— Since the introduction of the wild card and the five-game ALDS in 1995, there have been four instances of a team getting into an 0-2 hole and rallying to win three straight to win the series. The Red Sox have done it twice, in 1999 against Cleveland and again in 2003 vs. Oakland.
— In their 105-year history, the Red Sox have lost the first two games of a postseason series seven times (all since 1988) and have come back to win three of those series. They have also won three of their last four postseason series in which they’ve dug an 0-2 hole.
— If the Red Sox lose tomorrow night at Fenway, it will mark their first three-game losing streak since mid-July (16-18).
Eric Wilbur will file the next update after Terry Francona’s off-day press conference.