Primer Numbers

Want to know what a whole lot of random numbers have to do with the winner takes all series finale tonight?

I thought you might:

2 -  Only two other teams, the 2001 New York Yankees and the 2003 Boston Red Sox, have ever come back from a 2-0 deficit to win an American League Division Series, a feat that the Rays will try to match tonight.

1995 – The last time a road team won all five games in a Division Series was in 1995, a feat that the Rangers will try to match tonight.

6 – Cliff Lee has six wins in his playoff career, including two complete games, a 1.52 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.

20 – David Price has given up 20 earned runs in his last five starts against the Rangers.  Over 26 innings, he’s allowed 26 hits and 15 walks.

78 – Cliff Lee will throw a first pitch fastball 78% of the time.  70% of the time his first pitch is a strike.

77 – David Price threw 77 strikes out of 107 pitches in his first playoff start in Game One.

34 – Carlos Pena has had more plate appearances against Cliff Lee than any other Rays player with 34.  He’s managed just six hits, but three of them have been home runs.

2 – Josh Hamilton only has two singles in 14 at bats during the ALDS.

3 – Evan Longoria has three extra base hits in the ALDS, all of which came in Game Four.

5000 – The Tampa Bay Rays have removed the tarps off of large sections of Tropicana Field, opening up 5,000 seats that will be available for the rest of their playoff run.

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