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Now 2-6 in their last eight, numbers don't look good for Red Sox

Posted by David D'Onofrio  August 17, 2013 11:29 AM

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Looking at a few numbers that may explain how the Red Sox have lost six of eight, and now trail the Rays by one game in the loss column…

0-3 – When it got to Toronto, Boston was 16-11 in one-run games, good for a .592 winning percentage. Since then they’ve lost all three such contests, sliding to 16-14, and .533.

18-for-79 -- Since going 8-for-15 on the second night in Houston, those are the Sox numbers when batting with runners in scoring position over their last nine games. That’s a .228 batting average; prior to this stretch, they were hitting .277.

3.4 runs per game – Despite 79 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Sox have scored just 26 runs over that span (3.7 per game). They had been scoring 5.1 runs per contest previously.

2 – That’s how many wins have been credited to Red Sox starting pitchers this month, and they came on back-to-back days when Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront beat the Diamondbacks on Aug. 3 and 4.

9 – Including seven over the past three games, the Sox have committed nine errors over the past eight games. Stephen Drew has two of them, after previously committing three all season.

1 earned run in 21.1 innings – That’s what the Red Sox have managed against left-handed starters over the past eight games, going 0-3 against the less-than-imposing veteran trio of Bruce Chen, Mark Buehrle, and Andy Pettitte.

.207 – David Ortiz has two homers and a double over this stretch, though those signify half of his hits in 29 at-bats and 33 plate appearances.

.118/.211/.147/.358 – Shane Victorino’s average/OBP/Slugging/OPS over the eight-game stretch.

6 – Only three Red Sox hitters with at least 20 plate appearances over the past eight games have an OPS over .700 (Will Middlebrooks, .978; Jarrod Saltalamacchia, .812; David Ortiz, .751). Six own an OPS of .692 or worse.

7.27 – The collective ERA of Felix Doubront, John Lackey, and Jake Peavy is more than three runs worse than the league average over the last eight games, five of which they’ve started.

16.88 ERA – Drake Britton has been touched for five earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched, allowing 11 of the 18 hitters he’s faced to reach base.

3.1 BB/9 IP, 6.1 K/9 IP – Those are the numbers of the Red Sox pitching staff since the start of the Kansas City series. The free passes are slightly worse than league average, while the strikeouts are equivalent to second-worst in the AL this season.

Yankees 10, Red Sox 3
10-for-35, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 1-for-5, K: Since going 4-for-5 at Kansas City last Saturday, the center fielder is 3-for -25 with one walk and six strikeouts.
Shane Victorino, RF 0-for-4: The previously referenced slump has cost him 17 points on his batting average and 43 points on his OPS, and while John Farrell referred to pulling him from Friday’s game as precautionary, it prompts the question of whether he could use some rest for his hamstring.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B 2-for-4, 2 R, K: He takes the field for his 30th birthday 5-for his last-9, and having totaled five hits in consecutive games for the first time since late June. His average is at .295.
David Ortiz, DH 1-for-4, RBI, K: With the Red Sox chasing a six-run deficit in the seventh, Ortiz was thrown out by Alfonzo Soriano attempting to get to second after a single. At that point in the game, with that deficit, that can’t happen.
Jonny Gomes, LF 1-for-4, RBI: His single to center scored Pedroia with the Sox’ first run in the fourth, and for the first time since June 6-8, he went consecutive starts with neither a strikeout nor a walk.
Stephen Drew, SS 2-for-4, R, K, 2B: Since Jose Iglesias was traded, Drew is hitting .355 with a .438 OBP, .516 slugging, and .954 OPS.
Mike Napoli, 1B 1-for-3, BB, 2B: He hasn’t struck out in consecutive games, just the seventh time he’s done that this season. His season-long is three games. Meanwhile, he has delivered an extra-base hit in back-to-back starts for the first time in four weeks.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C 1-for-4, RBI, K: His single up the middle gave the Sox some life, cutting the Yanks’ lead to 7-3 in the seventh. Behind the plate, however, he surrendered three stolen bases – including one apiece to the slothenly duo of Alex Rodriguez and Alfonzo Soriano.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B 1-for-2: He had a hit in his sixth straight game since being recalled to the big leagues before being pulled for pinch-hitter Mike Carp – who was ejected after striking out instead of (as he believed) reaching on a hit by pitch.
9 IP, 9 ER, 15 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
Felix Doubront, SP 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR. It was his first start since early May that he allowed more than three earned runs – but his second straight brutal outing. He hasn’t retired a batter in the fifth since Aug. 4, and the start before that he didn’t get an out in the sixth.
Rubby De La Rosa, RP 2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, K: The results were there, though it wasn’t as clean as the total picture would suggest. He needed 39 pitches to get seven outs, partially because only 21 of them were strikes.
Franklin Morales, RP 1.2 IP, BB: In contrast to De La Rosa, Morales needed only 22 pitches to get five outs, stranding the runner he inherited.
Drake Britton, RP IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K: He struck out the side – but what happened otherwise amounts to his worst outing as a big-leaguer, and took away any chance the Red Sox had of coming back.
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