And here are a few items of pointless drivel to contemplate during the breaks.

 

Michael Wacha is the 7th-youngest pitcher to start Game 2 of a World Series. This table shows the 11 Game 2 starters under age 23; the IP and GS columns are their career regular-season totals of innings and starts at the time of the game in question. Wacha is the most inexperienced, with only Mel Stottlemyre also lacking at least one full season’s work.

Rk Player Age Date IP GS Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
1 Jim Palmer 20.356 1966-10-06 300 36 BAL LAD W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 6 0
2 Chief Bender 21.158 1905-10-10 703 76 PHA NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 9 0
3 Babe Ruth 21.246 1916-10-09 564 71 BOS BRO W 2-1 CG 14 ,W 14.0 6 1 1 3 4 1
4 Dwight Gooden 21.337 1986-10-19 745 99 NYM BOS L 3-9 GS-5 ,L 5.0 8 6 5 2 6 2
5 Waite Hoyt 22.027 1921-10-06 775 85 NYY NYG W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 5 5 0
6 Al Downing 22.097 1963-10-03 186 23 NYY LAD L 1-4 GS-5 ,L 5.0 7 3 3 1 6 1
7 Michael Wacha 22.115 2013-10-24 65 9 STL BOS ??? GS
8 Bill James 22.212 1914-10-10 468 51 BSN PHA W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 8 0
9 Ross Grimsley 22.282 1972-10-15 359 54 CIN OAK L 1-2 GS-5 ,L 5.0 6 2 2 0 1 1
10 Hal Schumacher 22.315 1933-10-04 378 48 NYG WSH W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 4 2 1
11 Mel Stottlemyre 22.330 1964-10-08 96 12 NYY STL W 8-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 3 3 2 4 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used / Generated 10/24/2013.

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Mike Napoli in hitter’s counts this year, including postseason:

  • Totals: 32 for 69 (.464 BA), 7 HRs, 8 doubles, .884 SLG.
  • 2-0 count: 7-13, 3 HRs, 3 doubles.
  • 3-0 count: 2-3, 2 HRs.
  • 2-1 count: 9-23, 2 doubles.
  • 3-1 count: 14-30, 2 HRs, 3 doubles.

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Lastly, for no particular reason, the fewest career wins for a World Series Game 1 starter … because, where have you gone, Anthony Reyes? You beat my Tigers, and that was about the last good thing that happened for you in baseball.
(This is total career wins, not wins up to that Game 1 start.)

Car.
Wins
Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
13 Anthony Reyes 25.005 2006-10-21 STL DET W 7-2 GS-9 ,W 8.0 4 2 2 1 4 1 91 67 69
30 Joe Black 28.236 1952-10-01 BRO NYY W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 6 2 2 2 6 1 71
34 Jose Santiago 27.050 1967-10-04 BOS STL L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 7.0 10 2 2 3 5 0 51
40 Mark Thurmond 28.027 1984-10-09 SDP DET L 2-3 GS-5 ,L 5.0 7 3 3 3 2 1 117 66 40
50 Mule Watson 26.360 1923-10-10 NYG NYY W 5-4 GS-2 2.0 4 3 3 1 1 0 36
56 Spec Shea 26.363 1947-09-30 NYY BRO W 5-3 GS-5 ,W 5.0 2 1 1 2 3 0 60
57 Joe Magrane 23.107 1987-10-17 STL MIN L 1-10 GS-4 ,L 3.0 4 5 5 4 1 0 59 30 28
65 Ernie Shore 24.198 1915-10-08 BOS PHI L 1-3 CG 8 ,L 8.0 5 3 3 4 2 0 58
65 Ernie Shore 25.197 1916-10-07 BOS BRO W 6-5 GS-9 ,W 8.2 9 5 3 3 5 0 52
66 Jim Konstanty 33.216 1950-10-04 PHI NYY L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 8.0 4 1 1 4 0 0 66
69 Scott Garrelts 27.349 1989-10-14 SFG OAK L 0-5 GS-4 ,L 4.0 7 5 4 1 5 2 76 47 34
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used / Generated 10/24/2013.

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