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,ï¿½ and I hope you will do the same.
The Red Sox have not had a month this season with a record over .500.
ï¿½ March 0-1 .000
ï¿½ April 13-13 .500
ï¿½ May 13-15 .464
ï¿½ June 12-16 .429
ï¿½ July 10-15 .400
ï¿½ August 12-16 .429
ï¿½ September 0-1 .000
Last season, they did not have a losing month.
The poor performance of this season almost creates bitterness when we think of last season. The joy feels so long ago as the Soxï¿½ .438 wining percentage this year not only pales in comparison to last seasonï¿½s .599, but only the 1998 Marlins, who finished with a .333 winning percentage, have a lower winning percentage in the season following a World Series victory.
Right now, the .438 Sox winning percentage ranks 97th in the 114 years of Red Sox history.
The only bit of a pyrrhic victory that can be found is that the 2012 Bobby Valentine Sox finished 69-93 with a winning percentage of .426.
Boston Red Sox 60-77 (road 31-37, 15.0 GB in wild card, 0.0% postseason probability) @ New York Yankees 70-65 (home 33-31, 4.0 GB in wild card, 6.1% postseason probability)
ï¿½ The Sox were 12-16 in August scoring 111 runs, allowing 128.
ï¿½ The Yankees were 15-13 in August scoring 106 runs, allowing 103.
Nine to Know: August, another depressing month
1. MLB teams hit .250 in August. The Giants led the majors with a .288 average followed by the Twins at .277; the Sox hit .231, 27th best in the majors and 14th in the AL (the Aï¿½s hit .223).
2. The Orioles led the majors with 47 homers in August; the Sox hit 19. The Twins led the majors with 159 runs scored; the Sox scored 111, the same as the Cubs and Reds.
3. Danny Santana, Victor Martinez, and Josh Harrison led the majors with 41 hits in August. Dustin Pedroia led the Sox with 33 hits followed by Brock Holt with 30 hits.
4. Chris Carter led the majors with 12 homers in August followed by Alex Gordon with nine and Jose Bautista and Giancarlo Stanton (drool) with eight. David Ortiz led the Sox with five, followed by Yoenis Cespedes and Mike Napoli with four each.
5. VMart led the majors with 30 RBI in August, followed by Chris Carterï¿½s 29 and Justin Uptonï¿½s 28. Cespedes led the Sox with 22 RBI, followed by Ortiz with 18, and Napoli 14.
6. Billy Hamilton led the majors with 12 steals in August, followed by Jordan Schaferï¿½s 11, and Dee Gordon and Ben Revere who each had 10. Brock Holtï¿½s five steals were the most by a Red Sox in August. Pedroia and Mookie Betts had three steals each.
7. MLB teams had a 3.69 ERA in August. The Indians led the majors with a 2.39 ERA followed by the Mariners who had a 2.79 ERA. The Red Sox had a team ERA of 4.14 in August.
8. Starting pitchers had a 3.77 ERA in August, but the Sox starters had an ERA of 5.08, 29th in the majors. The Sox bullpen though had a 2.57 ERA in August, fifth best in the majors.
9. The Oriolesï¿½ Chris Tillman had an MLB-best 1.33 ERA with a 0.787 WHIP. Joe Kelly had the best ERA for Boston, with a 3.86 ERA, he had a 1.321 WHIP. Clay Buchholz had a 4.36 ERA, but had a 1.108 WHIP.
See you Friday as the Red Sox host the Blue Jays.