ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Tonight the Red Sox open up an 8-game, 10-day road trip…Boston flew out after Sunday night’s game end enjoyed yesterday’s off-day in St. Louis…After 3 games here, the club plays a weekend set at the Angels…Following an off-day Monday, the trip ends with 2 games in Cincinnati next Tuesday and Wednesday.
· The Red Sox’ 62 losses this season are split evenly between 58 games at home (27-31) and 53 games on the road (22-31).
SERIES SWAP: When the Red Sox acquired Allen Craig and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals at the deadline, Boston and St. Louis became the 1st teams that faced each another in the previous year’s World Series to trade players that appeared in that World Series since 1988…That year, the Cardinals picked up Tom Brunansky from the Twins for Tommy Herr (Elias Sports Bureau).
FLIPPING THE CARDS: Tonight the Red Sox and Cardinals match up for the 1st time since Boston won the 2013 World Series in 6 games on 10/30/13 at Fenway Park.
· Boston is 14-10 all-time in postseason action against the Cardinals…They have met in 4 World Series, with Boston winning the last 2 (2004 in 4 games, 2013) after dropping the first two in 7 games (1946, 1967).
· This will be the Red Sox’ 4th Interleague series against the Cardinals, with Boston dropping 2 of 3 in each set…The clubs last met in regular season action in 2008 in Boston…Their previous Interleague meet in St. Louis came in June 2005.
SINCE THE SERIES: Among the 25 players on Boston’s 2013 World Series roster, 12 are no longer with the team.
· Since the start of the season, the average age of Boston’s active 25-man roster has decreased by 3 years…When Opening Day rosters were set on 3/30 the Sox averaged 31 years old, compared to an average of 28 years old for those active Sunday night.