>>> Prior to 2018, each of the last 10 teams to hold a 2-games-to-none lead in the World Series went on to win the title, as well as 16 of the last 17, and 43 of 54 overall.
>>> This is the 5th time the Sox have held a 2-0 lead in the World Series, also doing so in 1916 (won, 4-1), 1986 (lost, 3-4), 2004 (won, 4-0), and 2007 (won, 4-0).
SIX FOR THE SOX: The Red Sox have won each of their last 6 postseason games (ALCS Games 2-5, WS Games 1-2)…The only other years in which they won 6+ consecutive games in a single postseason are 2004 (8 straight) and 2007 (7).
>>> The Red Sox are 14-2 in their last 16 World Series games, dating back to Game 1 of the 2004 Fall Classic…In those games, they have out-scored opponents, 92-42.
>>> The Yankees are the only other team ever to go 14-2 or better in any 16-game stretch of World Series play (most recently: 1996-2001).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road in the postseason, having out-scored opponents by a combined 40-13 margin away from Fenway Park…This is the Sox’ longest road winning streak in postseason history.
>>> The Sox are 1 of 7 teams ever to win 5+ consecutive road games in a single postseason (last: 2014 Royals)…The only teams to win as many as 6 straight road games in a single postseason are the 2005 White Sox (6-0) and 1996 Yankees (8-0), who both won the World Series.
NATIONAL AFFAIR: The Red Sox have won each of Rick Porcello’s last 14 starts against NL teams, dating back to 2015 (all in the regular season)…In those games, he is 10-0 with a 3.43 ERA (32 ER/84.0 IP).
>>> In 2018, Porcello went 3-for-7 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI…He is the only Red Sox pitcher to record multiple XBH in a season since the DH rule was instituted in 1973.