The Bill Chuck Files overflow each day with stats, factoids, and observations that are sometimes relevant, sometimes irrelevant, and sometimes simply intriguing. At the start of each Sox series, I will share some of these in my "Nine to Know" and I hope you will do the same.
Maybe Sox batters need to distract themselves from the horrible hitting woes that plague the team. The World Cup begins today. The Stanley Cup Finals return to Los Angeles this weekend. The NBA Finals continue in Miami. Paraskevidekatriaphobics anxiously know that tomorrow is Friday the 13th. And Sunday, is Father's Day.
And as we welcome old friend Terry Francona, let's remember that the Cleveland manager played 10 big league season with a .274/.300/.351 slash line and his dad, Tito Francona played 15 years in the majors and his slash line was: .272/.343/.403.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, daughters, sons, and moms out there. Now go out there and distract yourself!
Nine to Know: Indians (33-33/12-22 on the road) @ Red Sox (29-36/15-17-14 at home)
1. Overall, the Sox are hitting .244 and the Indians are hitting .260.
- The Indians have a .731 OPS while the Sox have a .694 OPS.
- The Indians have a 17.5% strikeout rate while the Sox have a 21.5% whiff rate.
- The Indians have out-homered the Red Sox, 60 to 48.
- The Red Sox have struck out about a hundred more times than Cleveland, 544 to 445.
- The Tribe has stolen 41 bases while the Sox have 21 steals, or put another way - three more than Jacoby Ellsbury.
2. The Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall went 5 for 5 and hit three homers and drove in nine runs on Monday night. Here's some Red Sox perspective:
- This month, Jackie Bradley Jr. has four hits in 25 AB.
- Since May 1, Grady Sizemore (105 ABs zero HR), Mike Carp (39 ABs zero HR), Brock Holt (104 ABs one HR), and A.J. Pierzynski (117 ABs two HR) have combined for three homers in 370 ABs. So far this season, David Ross (74 ABs five RBI) and Daniel Nava (95 ABs three RBI) have combined for eight RBI in 168 ABs.
3. The Fenway Park home run leaders this season: Edwin Encarnacion and David Ortiz (four each), Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli (three each).
4. Giancarlo Stanton has 37 RBI at home, the most of any ballplayer. He’s followed by Edwin Encarnacion who has 33 at home, and Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, and Marcell Ozuna who each have 30 home RBI. David Ortiz and Jonny Gomes lead the Sox with 15 Fenway RBI.
5. Who do you want up for the Sox with the bases loaded?
• David Ortiz is 2-for-2 with four RBI.
• Jonny Gomes is 1-for-4 with seven RBI.
• Dustin Pedroia is 2-for-5 with seven RBI.
• A.J. Pierzynskii is 2-for-6 with six RBI.
• Mike Napoli 1-for-5 with five RBI.
• Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-7 with four RBI.
6. Since April 19, Burke Badenhop has allowed no earned runs in 26.1 IP. Facing 94 batters, Badenhop has allowed 17 hits and seven walks while striking out 12.
7. Jon Lester has a 3.57 ERA this season because in his 13 starts he has held his opponents scoreless and to one run twice, to two runs and three runs three times each, and to four, five, and seven runs one time each.
8. Giancarlo Stanton (41 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (40 RBI) lead the majors with 16 multi-RBI games each. Miguel Cabrera has 15 (37 RBI) and Edwin Encarnacion (38 RBI) has 14. David Ortiz leads the Sox with 10 (26 total RBI) followed by Jonny Gomes (15 RBI) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (12 RBI) with six games.
9. This season, the Sox are 15-17 (.469) at Fenway. Last season, Boston was 53-28 (.654) on Yawkey Way. To equal last year’s home record, the Sox need to go 38-11 (.775) the rest of the way.
See you Monday, as the Sox host the Twins.