May 1, 2011

Some April Stats

The Red Sox finished the month of April in last place in the AL East, with an 11-15 record, 5 GB the Yankees.

After starting the season 2-10, Boston got a nine-game run of some of the best starting pitching in the history of the franchise and were on the cusp of .500 (10-11) on April 25. However, the Sox then dropped two of three to Baltimore and lost two straight to the Mariners to erase a lot of the excitement of that 8-1 run.

Boston is 5th in the AL in team OBP (.344) and 9th in slugging (.380, 14 points below the league average). Their 4.12 runs/game also ranks 9th. The team's OPS is 7th at .711 (roughly league average, which is .713).
Batting   GM   AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS
Road      15  .224  .302  .333  .635
Home      11  .268  .370  .444  .814
The team is hitting better with men on base (.262/.344/.414/.758) than with the bases empty (.226/.320/.350/.670). But with RATS, only .212/.301/.310/.612.

Jed Lowrie - .368/.389/.574/.962 - was the hitting star of the first month, leading the team in average and slugging, second in on-base percentage, and third in runs, hits, and total bases. He is 3-for-his-last-17, however.

Kevin Youkilis is batting only .218, but he has been the second most productive hitter on the team, thanks to a .392 on-base percentage (tops on the team and tied for 9th in the AL) and a .487 slugging percentage (second on the team). Yook is creating 6.6 runs per 27 outs, second on the team only to Lowrie.

Adrian Gonzalez (.314/.379/.457/.836; 5th in the AL in hits; .433 in last seven games) and Jacoby Ellsbury (.266/.337/.468/.805; .385 in current nine-game hitting streak) have been heating up at the plate.

Despite Ellsbury's recent surge, the leadoff spot in the order has only a .303 OBP, worse than every other spot in the lineup except #8 and #9.

On the other side, Carl Crawford continues to struggle at the plate (.155/.204/.227/.431), though he has been on base in eight of his last 11 games, and Marco Scutaro is providing plenty of evidence (.189/.283/.226/.510) why Lowrie should be in the lineup every day, and the catching tandem of Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.216/.273/.275/.547) and Jason Varitek (.111/.200/.139/.339) has hit far worse than anyone expected.

Red Sox pitchers have allowed 4.35 runs per game (league average is 4.33). The team's WHIP is 1.29, 5th best in the AL and 2nd best in the AL East (Tampa Bay, 1.19)
Opponents      AVG   OBP   SLG   OPS  BOS ERA
Vs Starters   .236  .313  .399  .712    3.83  
vs relievers  .247  .322  .399  .721    5.13
Batting with Runner on 3rd, less than 2 outs
               AVG   OBP   SLG    OPS
Opponents     .432  .449  .622  1.071
Red Sox       .182  .246  .218   .464
Jon Lester (2.52 ERA, .631 opponents OPS) and Josh Beckett (2.62 ERA, .536 opponents OPS, 0.85 WHIP, 3rd lowest in te AL) have been the 1-2 punch in the rotation, with Daisuke Matsuzaka also pitching above league average (3.81 ERA , .613 opponents OPS).

Bobby Jenks (12 hits, six 6 walks in 8.1 innings; 2.16 WHIP) and Dan Wheeler (12 hits and eight runs in 8.2 innings) have been disappointing, as has Clay Buchholz (16 walks (two more than Lester in 12 fewer innings) and six home runs allowed in 27 innings).

In nine games, Jonathan Papelbon has been great, with a pitching line of 9.1-7-2-1-12, and a 0.96 WHIP.


mattymatty said...

Love these posts, Allan. I don't think it's said enough, thank your for all your hard work.

allan said...

Thank you.

This feels really half-assed, though, or maybe jumbled and unconnected in places, because we have a day game today and I had to wait until BRef updated its site with stats from yesterday. Plus it is supposed to rain (afuckinggain) later, so the dogs needed some backyard time while it was still nice out.

Jim said...

Technical question: The stat for hitting with men on means a guy on first only, right? Guys on 1 and 2 or 1 and 3 are picked up in RATS? Or is RATS both 2 and 3. Just wondering.

allan said...

Lind dong of the LF pole, Jays tie MFY 1-1 in the 2nd

allan said...

The stat for hitting with men on means a guy on first only, right?

No, "men on" is anyone on any base or any combination thereof.

RATS -- runners at third and/or second -- is the same as the much more commonly used RISP.

Jim said...

Ah, thank you. I gotta think about this.