Strange But True feats of 2013

• Over the first three games of the ALCS against Detroit, that same fearsome lineup got no hits through five innings in Game 1, no hits through five in Game 2 and then one hit through five in Game 3 – which added up to the picturesque total of 1-for-46. Yeah, 1-for-46. And they somehow won two of those three games.

• Have we mentioned that was a lineup that led the major leagues in runs scored during the season?

• Oh, and one more thing: This was a team that finished off the World Series in a park (yes sir, that would be Fenway) where the Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in a mere 95 years. In between, more than 8,000 baseball games were played there. And 1,166 different Red Sox marched up to home plate at Fenway with a bat in their hands.

So who ever would have guessed that the team that won this World Series would be a group just one year removed from the worst season by any Red Sox team in nearly half a century? Only those of us who understand how Strange But True EVERY baseball season is, that's who.

10 More Strange But True Postseason Classics


• In that ALCS against the Tigers, the Red Sox became the first team in history to get no-hit through five innings of back-to-back postseason games -- at home yet. So how many times were they held hitless through five innings at Fenway during the past four regular seasons? Not a one. Naturally.

• And remember that fabled, Torii Hunter-toppling, bullpen-cop-immortalizing, David Ortiz grand slam in the ALCS? It produced four runs -- charged to four pitchers. Want to guess how many previous slams in postseason history resulted in four runs credited to four pitchers? Right you are. Zero.

• As you might have heard someplace, the Pirates finally busted the Curse of Sid Bream and played their first postseason game in 21 years. In between, the Yankees played 166 postseason games. The Penguins played 100. The Steelers played 29. And the Pirates played zero.

• If you go back to his last start of the regular season, Cardinals phenom Michael Wacha became the first pitcher since Dave Stieb to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning in two straight starts. The first was broken up by an infield chopper that traveled about 95 feet. The second was broken up by a Pedro Alvarez home run that went, in Wacha's words, "about 18,000 feet."

• In the ALCS and World Series, Shane Victorino came to bat three times with the bases loaded -- and went 3-for-3, with eight RBIs. In all the at-bats where the Red Sox forgot to fill up the bases for him, he went 2-for-34. Just a bases-loaded kind of guy, I guess.

• Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman finally got to take his bat into the batter's box for the first time in his career this October -- and in pretty much exactly the situation we all would have expected, too: In the ninth inning of a tie game, in an actual World Series. Right!

• I've often said I want to be Cardinals reliever Randy Choate when I grow up. He made nine appearances in this postseason. He threw a TOTAL of 33 pitches -- and only twice launched more than FOUR. In an unrelated development, Pirates ace A.J. Burnett threw 37 pitches in an NLDS inning in which he never even got an out.

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