Saturday, June 9, 2012

Red Sox Results When Celtics Play Game 7


May 4th, 2008- Celtics beat Hawks, Red Sox beat Rays
May 18th, 2008- Celtics beat Cavs, Red Sox beat Brewers
May 2nd, 2009 W- Celtics beat Bulls, Red Sox beat Rays
May 17th, 2009 L- Celtics lose to Magic, Red Sox lose to Mariners
June 17th, 2010 L- Celtics lose to Lakers, Red Sox beat Diamondbacks
May 26th, 2012 W- Celtics beat 76ers, Red Sox beat Rays
June 9th, 2012  L- Celtics lose to Heat, Red Sox lose to the Nationals

The Celtics latest Big 3 of KG, Pierce and Ray Ray are 4-2 in game 7’s. Let’s take a look at the results of the Red Sox on these dates in recent history when the Celtics have played in a game 7 since 2008.  Special thanks to baseball-reference.com and boston.com 

Sunday, May 4th, 2008 the Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 behind Jon Lester (6IP, 1 R) and Kevin Youkilis (3-4, HR, 4 rbi’s). Papelbon got the save.

Two weeks later on Sunday, May 18th 2008 The Red Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers in Interleague play 11-7.  Josh Beckett was the winning pitcher. 3 current Red Sox Pedroia, Ortiz and Youkilis went a combined 9-14 with 8 rbi’s and 3 HR’s with a combined 22 Total bases.   Let’s hope for a repeat of this performance today.

May 2nd 2009 The Red Sox defeated the Rays again 10-6.  Tim Wakefield was the winning pitcher.  Pedroia was 2-3 with 3 BB’s, 2 R’s and Youk was 1-3 with 3 rbi’s

May 17th 2009 15 days later the Celtics lost to the Magic and the Red Sox lost to the Mariners 3-2.  Justin Masterson was the SP and went 6.1 and gave up 9 hits but only 2 R’s.  Pedroia is the only currently active player to play that day and he went 1-3 with 2 BB’s.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit lead off that day and went 1-5.

June 17th, 2010 One year and a month later the Celtics lost game 7 of the NBA finals to the Lakers (The one that got away).  This is the first result that wasn’t the same for the two teams.  The Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks in interleague play 8-5 and John Lackey was the WP. Current Red Sox phenom Daniel Nava was 3-4  with 2 R’s and 1 rbi David Ortiz was 2-3 with a 2 run HR. Pedroia, Youk and DMac combined to go 1-10.

May 26th, 2012 While the Celts were beating the 76ers in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals the Red Sox beat the Rays (for the 3rd time) 3-2 behind Salty’s 2 R walk off HR in the bottom of the 9th off Fernando Rodney.   Pedroia was 2-3 with 1 BB and Will Middlebrooks was 2-4 with 1 rbi.  Josh Beckett pitched 7 solid innings that day with a no-decision and Rich Hill picked up the win in relief.

The Celtics latest Big 3 are 4-2 in game 7’s  and during that time the Red Sox are 5-1 on days when the Celtics play a game 7.  What does this tell us? Well not much except that I wish we were playing the Rays today (Sox are 3-0 vs Rays when the Celts play a game 7).  The Sox are also 2-0 in interleague games when the Celts play a game 7. Neither of today’s games will be influenced by the past, but it is fun to look at the numbers.  On these 6 dates in history both Boston teams have won 4 times, they’ve split once and they’ve both lost once.  Based on this history there is a 66.6% chance that both teams win today, a 16.6% chance that they split and a 16.6% chance that they both lose. 

Let’s see if Carmine spits out these numbers for Bobby V’s lineup today!! If so, look for Kevin Youkilis to be in there.  He’s been the offensive hero in 3 of these games.  Also look for Pedroia and Ortiz to have big games.  With a smaller sample size to go by we also may see big games from Salty, Middlebrooks and Nava.  Dice K has never pitched for the Sox when the C’s play a game 7 so there’s nothing to go by there. 

The numbers, 5-1 total and 2-0 in interleague favor the Red Sox winning today, but if only one team can win I think we would all chose a game 7 playoff win over a regular season game.   The Red Sox have proven that it only takes one hot stretch of baseball to stay in the hunt in the AL East and in the hunt for one of the two wild card spots.  So today may be the last hoorah for this group of Celtics and it’s just another game in June for Red Sox.  No matter what happens it’s another memorable day in Boston sports history. 

Let’s be greedy and get two wins today!!

14 comments:

  1. Great research, Barry! And as you pointed out near the end of the piece the Sox are undefeated on Game 7 days in interleague play. Look for a big day for the Bostons today.

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  2. 4:08 Dice K's first pitch back is a strike

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  3. The Red Sox have some work to do if they are going to stay undefeated in interleague play on the same day when the Celtics play a game 7. They are down 4-0 to Washington half way through the game.

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  4. first time poster here is this the game thread for lack of a better word ?

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    1. Welcome anonymous, yes this is today's game thread.

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  5. Sox trail 4-2 in the 9th. Salty had a big 2 rbi double in the 7th to make it 4-2. Too bad nobody else on the team comes up with big hits late in games.

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  6. Sox lose 4-2. All in all not a bad start by Dice K, but as is often the case, with this team, when the offense slumps they struggle to win.

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  7. Well the odds didn't work in our favor to get a sweep today, but the more important game is still there for the taking. Hoping for a split now. Let's go Celtics!!

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  8. 35-32 Celtics 7:45 left in the 2nd quarter

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  9. 53-46 Celtics at the half. This game is going to come down to the wire. Let's go Celtics!!

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  10. End of the 3rd quarter and the Celts have given away their halftime lead 73-73.

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  11. The Celtics have run out of gas in the 2nd half and the Heat have pulled away by double digits in the 4th quarter. Looks like the Celtics and Red Sox will get swept on June 9th, 2012...

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  12. As much as it pained me I've edited this post to include today's results

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  13. So much for not falling under .500 again this season. The Sox need to start climbing up the hill again, hopefully starting Sunday vs. Nats.

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