BOSTON STAYS HOT IN GAME 1
• Tonight’s Game 1 victory by the Red Sox marked the Club’s sixth consecutive win in Game 1 of the Fall Classic (also 1975, 1986, 2004, 2007, 2013). The six-game winning streak in the opener of the Fall Classic is tied for the second-longest streak in World Series history. The St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles also won six con- secutive World Series openers from 1944-79 and the Philadelphia/ Oakland Athletics also won six in a row between 1929-74. The New York Yankees own the longest such streak in World Series history with nine straight Game 1 victories between 1937-50.
SOX ATTACK EARLY
• The Red Sox struck early en route to their 8-4 victory with a pair of runs in the first inning. With the win, Boston is a perfect 8-0 this Postseason when scoring first. The Red Sox compiled a 74-15 (.831) record when doing so in the regular season, which paced the Majors.
LEANING TO THE RIGHT
• The Dodgers starting lineup tonight in Game 1 featured nine right-handed batters with none being a switch-hitter. This marked the first time in World Series history that a team started a solely right-handed hitting lineup. Previously, there had been 46 instances of a team starting eight hitters that were solely right-handed, with the most recent occurrence coming by the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series against St. Louis.
• It has also occurred in 19 of the last 24 and 24 of the last 30 Series. In addition to San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Houston, the only other exceptions in the last 30 Fall Classics were both by Atlanta, first game winners versus Toronto in 1992 and New York in 1996, but losers of each Series in six games.
TIED AT 1-1
• Of the 59 times that a World Series has been tied, 1-1, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series on 31 occasions (52.5%). However, that has been the case on just four of 12 occasions since 1993, those being Anaheim in 2002, New York in 2009, Chicago in 2016 and Houston in 2017. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians, 2003 Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rang- ers, 2013 Cardinals and 2014 Royals all won Game 2 to square the Fall Classic, but went on to lose the Series.
GAME 1 RESULTS
• In 19 of the last 32 Series beginning in 1985, the winner of Game 1 of the World Series has also won Game 2, the exceptions being 1992 (Toronto over Atlanta), 1993 (Philadelphia over Toronto), 1997 (Cleveland over Florida), 2002 (Anaheim over San Francisco), 2003 (New York over Florida), 2006 (Detroit over St. Louis), 2008 (Tampa Bay over Philadelphia), 2009 (New York over Philadelphia), 2011 (Texas over St. Louis), 2013 (St. Louis over Boston), 2014 (Kansas City over San Francisco), 2016 (Chicago over Cleveland and 2017 (Houston over Los Angeles).
• The Red Sox improved to 20-17 all-time in Game 1 of a Postseason Series, including 11-7 at home. The Red Sox are now 10-3 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, including 6-2 at home. Boston is now 2-1 this Postseason in Game 1.
• The Dodgers fell to 17-29 all-time in Game 1 of a Postseason series, including 6-18 on the road. The Dodgers are now 6-14 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, including 1-11 on the road. Los Angeles is now 1-2 this Postseason in Game 1.
• Of the previous nine times that the Red Sox have won Game 1 of the World Series, they have gone on to win the series six times, including each of the last three (1912, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, 2013). Boston lost the series after winning the first game in 1946, 1975 and 1986.
• Of the previous 13 times that the Dodgers have lost Game 1 of the World Series, they have gone on to win the series four times (1955, 1959, 1965 and 1981). The Dodgers lost the series after losing the first game in 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1966, 1974 and 1977.
HOME TEAMS IN THE OPENER
• Boston’s win tonight marked the eighth time in the last nine years that a home team has won the World Series opener, with the lone exception coming in 2014, when the Royals won at San Francisco.
• The Red Sox are the 66th home team to win a World Series opener overall. Of the previous 65 Game 1 home winners, 36 (55.4%) have also won Game 2, including nine of the last 13 (2011 Cardinals, 2013 Red Sox, 2016 Indians, 2017 Dodgers the exceptions). Of the 36 to also win Game 2, 29 (80.6%) have emerged as World Series Champions.
TAKING A 2-0 LEAD
• Fifty-four teams have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the World Series, with 43 of those going on to win the championship (79.6%). A team jumping out to a 2-0 lead has gone on to win the series in each of the last 10 occurrences (Yankees in 1998-99-2000; Arizona in 2001; Boston in 2004 and 2007; Chicago in 2005; San Francisco in 2010 and 2012; and Kansas City in 2015) and 16 of the last 17 times, with the lone exception being Atlanta in 1996. The Braves won the first two contests at Yankee Stadium but lost the next four games.