How about a few nuggets and notes before the Red Sox and Yankees get started?
* – The Yankees have batted in the 9th inning in 22 games this season and have scored 1 run, fewest in the majors so far. They are 0-for-8 with RISP in the 9th (14-for-76 overall, .184).
* – Since 1970, there have now been 72 games where a starter has lasted 3 innings or less, walked 6+, and allowed at least one HR. Teams are now 9-63 in those games. The Red Sox’ win in such a game last night was the first in the majors since 2008, when Texas beat Cleveland, 13-9, despite Kason Gabbard (remember him?) walking 6 and allowing a homer in 2.2 innings. The only other such Red Sox starts were by Daniel Bard in 2012 (a 5-1 loss to TOR ) and Tomo Ohka in 2001 (a 10-3 loss to the CHW).
* – Dustin Pedroia has a 1.067 OPS in his last 69 PA, his best such stretch since ’13 and 11th best career-wise:
* – RBI can be a misleading stat because the context in which a player bats can vary so much. The more runners that are on base when you come to bat increases your RBI opportunities. SO let’s look at the leaders in RBI/RunnersOnBase percentage so far in 2016 (min. 45 runners on base):
Bryce Harper has come up with 60 runners on base and has 26 RBI, a 43% RBI rate, best in the majors. Big Papi ranks 3rd among AL batters at 37% (min. 45 runners on base).
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Atlanta’s Erick Aybar has been abysmal this year, tallying only two RBI despite 60 ducks on the pond. Houston’s Carlos Gomez (4 RBI despite 47 baserunners) is a real surprise on this list.
Finally, here are the Red Sox:
Travis Shaw leads a list of SIX Red Sox who have hit with 70+ runners on base already, but none of those seven guys are leading the team in RBI. That’s David Ortiz, who despite having only 63 runners on so far, leads the team in RBI by 6 over his next closest challenger.