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Red Sox Lead Series 3-2, But .733 Is The Stunning Number

Oct 29, 2013
Originally published on October 29, 2013 8:30 am

The headline from Monday night is that the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals by the score of 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.

Game 6, which could make the Red Sox the world champions, is Wednesday night in Boston. It starts just after 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox. If the Cardinals win Wednesday, Game 7 would be played in Boston Thursday night.

For us, the eye-popping number of the Series so far is .733.

That's the batting average during the Series for Boston's David Ortiz. He's got 11 hits in 15 at-bats. As USA Today points out:

"All Red Sox players not named David Ortiz have combined for just 22 hits in the World Series. That's a batting average of .144."

According to BaseballReference.com, Ortiz is flirting with a record: Billy Hatcher, then of the Cincinnati Reds, set the single-Series batting record in 1990 when he hit .750 (with nine hits in 12 at-bats) against the Oakland A's.

Ortiz, who's known as "Big Papi," has slugged two home runs and has six runs batted in so far in the Series.

Other Red Sox players, NPR's Tom Goldman said on Morning Edition, call Ortiz "Cooperstown" — a reference, of course, to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As for Monday's game, the other big star for Boston was pitcher Jon Lester. The Associated Press writes that he "enhanced his reputation as an October ace with every pitch. He allowed one run and four hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out seven without a walk."

This morning's headlines from each team's city tell the Series story, as you would expect:

-- "Boston's Lester pushes Cards to the brink." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

-- "In magical season, magic number is down to one after Lester, Ortiz spark Game 5 win." (Boston Globe)

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