1. Playoff pitchers are not putting up zeros.  During the regular season, these five playoff teams allowed opponents to score in at least three different innings in a game the fewest number of times in the Majors. So far this postseason, teams have allowed opponents to score in at least three different innings 55% of the time (11/20).


  1. Altuve and the rest of the Astros hitters are ridiculous on the road.  They lead the league in the following categories away from home….


  1. If you need a double play with a lefty up, bring in Shaw!  Bryan Shaw has induced opposing left-handed batters to ground into 7 double plays in 29 opportunities (24.1%) this season (Rank: 1st of 39 qualified RPs in MLB; League Avg: 9.0%).


  1. Tanaka has to keep the ball down. Opponents are hitting .353 against Masahiro Tanaka (41-for-116) on high fastballs since the start of 2016 (Rank: 100th of 100 qualified SPs in MLB; League Avg: .230)


5. Missing Papi. The Sox haven’t been close/late yet this postseason, but if they want to advance they’ll need someone to step up. Down the stretch Red Sox hitters were not good in the clutch, striking out 17 times in 49 PAs (34.7%) in close and late situations over the last 7 days of the regular season (Rank: 27th of 30 in MLB; League Avg: 25.4%).


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