Monthly Archives: July 2014

Gettin’ Them In

Tommy Lasorda once said “I’d rather get ’em on and not get ’em in than not get ’em on and not get ’em in”.

Well, the 2014 Red Sox would be his kind of team.

Through Saturday, the Red Sox have averaged 12.3 baserunners per game (hits plus walks plus HBP), which ranks 9th best in the majors (Oakland leads at 12.9). However, the Sox have scored only 3.8 runs per game, the 4th worst average in the majors and worst in the AL. Only the Padres, Braves, and Cardinals have had more trouble putting runs on the board this season.

Below is a table showing the above statistics but sorted by baserunners per run scored in 2014, which places the Red Sox as the second least efficient offense in the majors so far

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Compare that to the 2013 Sox, who led the majors in runs per game (5.3) and baserunners per game (13.7), while finishing 2nd in baserunners per run (2.6).

Just something to think about after those maddening innings where they put ducks all over the pond but ultimately fail to score…again.

 

 

The Great Red Sox Power Outage of 2014

The Red Sox have hit 3+ HR in at least 15 different games in every season since 2001, the longest active streak in the majors:

BOS 13
TOR  5
BAL  3
TEX  3

They are in sight of the longest such streak since 1950:

NYY 15 (1998-2012)
TEX 14 (1996-2009)
BOS 13 (2001-    )
CHC 11 (1998-2008)

What’s more, 2000 is the only season in which Boston did not accomplish that feat since 1995 (they had only 13 such games that year), so they’ve done it in 18-of-19 seasons.

Problem is, they’ve had exactly TWO such games this year. Only two clubs, the Twins (1) and Royals (1) have fewer. The Sox went from May 4 through June 21 without clubbing three or more homers in any game. That 44-game streak is their longest since a 55-gamer back in 2000 (July 7 through Sept 6).

Longest MLB streaks without hitting 3+ HR in a game since 2000:

128 – Cardinals (8/22/13 –    )
116 – Marlins (6/25/13 – 5/2/14)
103 – Royals (5/9/13 – 9/3/13)

Note this: St. Louis holds the record for the longest such streak since 1950, at 282 games, from 4/22/88 through 9/1/1989.