October 27th, 2011

Game 6 News, Notes, & Numbers

The Rangers have a chance to make history tonight in St. Louis.  Here are some interesting facts from the Rangers’ Game Notes:

  • Texas is 10-5 this postseason, with the back-to-back wins in Games 4 and 5 giving the Rangers a win streak for the first time since five straight victories in ALDS Games 2-3-4 and ALCS Games 1-2.
  • This is just the third Game 6 in Rangers history, having beaten the Yankees in 2010 ALCS Game 6 and Tigers in 2011 ALCS Game 6 to clinch those series.
  • Elias Sports Bureau notes that, with Texas in position to clinch the Series in Game 6, it is the 8th time

    (H. Darr Beiser/USA TODAY)

    in major league history that a potential World Series ending game was postponed, the first in exactly 25 years.

  • Texas has taken a lead in a World Series for the first time in franchise history (1961-2011).
  • Texas is 4-4 all-time when having a chance to close out a postseason series.
  • Texas enters Game 6 having played 45 consecutive games (including postseason) without losing 2 straight games…it is the longest streak by any major league team since the 1995 Cleveland Indians (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau).
  • Rangers’ pitchers issued nine walks in Game 5 (4 intentional) and still won the game, just the 4th time a team has ever won a 9-inning World Series game when allowing that many free passes, first since the 1997 Florida Marlins (Game 3 at Cleveland).
  • Mike Napoli has nine RBIs in the first five games of the 2011 World Series.  His nine RBIs  are already T6th-most ever in a single World Series, most by any player in one Series since 1997.
  • Napoli has 14 RBIs in this postseason, while Nelson Cruz leads the club with 15 RBIs…it makes the Rangers just the 5th team in history to have at least 2 players with 14+ RBIs in a single postseason…Albert Pujols and David Freese have done it for the Cardinals in this postseason as well.
  • Colby Lewis is 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA (11 ER/44.2 IP) in his seven career playoff starts, the 10th-lowest ERA in postseason history among players with at least seven starts.

Now it’s time to go impress everyone around your office with your random knowledge of tonight’s game.  Thanks to Rich Rice and the Rangers Media Relations department for some of the best game notes in the majors.

Don’t leave your couch tonight.