ANAHEIM -- Since Jonathan Papelbon became the Red Sox's closer as a rookie in 2006, he's been simply dominant.
His 113 saves since then are the third-most in baseball, and after pitching a scoreless inning against the Angels on Wednesday in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, the right-hander has now pitched 15 2/3 scoreless innings in postseason play.
But Papelbon has been more dominant against the Angels than any other team he's faced. The entire Halos ALDS roster is just 2-for-42 (.048 batting average) against the closer, including postseason play. Only Vladimir Guerrero and Kendry Morales, who singled in the ninth inning on Wednesday, have hits against the closer -- and neither hit was for extra bases.
All told, the Angels' batters have struck out 18 times against Papelbon while drawing just three walks in 45 plate appearances. He also has six career saves and a win, coming in last year's ALDS, against the Halos.
Slamming the door
|Jonathan Papelbon has yet to allow a run in 15 2/3 postseason appearances, and Angels batters are just 2-for-42 against the Boston right-hander.|
|RF Vladimir Guerrero||1-for-9, three strikeouts, one walk|
|OF Juan Rivera||0-for-6, two strikeouts|
|LF Garret Anderson||0-for-5, one strikeout, one walk|
|3B Chone Figgins||0-for-5, three strikeouts, one walk|
|1B Robb Quinlan||0-for-3, one strikeout|
|SS Erick Aybar||0-for-2, two strikeouts|
|2B Howie Kendrick||0-for-2, one strikeout|
|C Mike Napoli||0-for-2, one strikeout|
|1B Mark Teixeira||0-for-2|
|1B Kendry Morales||1-for-1|
|CF Torii Hunter||0-for-1|
|C Jeff Mathis||0-for-1, one strikeout|
|OF Gary Matthews Jr.||0-for-1, one strikeout|
|OF Reggie Willits||0-for-2, two strikeouts|
|TOTALS||2-for-42, three walks, 18 strikeouts|
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.