Sunday's [17-inning] game seems to encapsulate the current plight of the Red Sox: bad starting pitching, a dearth of hitting with RISP, brave and effective relief pitching, yet still a loss because something stupid happens ...I thought I would check out how poorly the Red Sox are doing with RISP (more accurately defined as RATS (runners at third and/or second)):
The batting average is 3rd best in the American League (behind Texas at .313 and Toronto at .308), the on-base and slugging percentages are 1st in the AL. And the Red Sox's OPS of .895 is the highest in the majors. (Boston also leads the AL with 12 home runs with runners in scoring position.)
So, far from getting a "dearth of hitting with RISP", the Red Sox are arguably the best team in baseball with runners in scoring position.
I think our starting pitchers are maybe falling into a habit that I don't want to see, complaining about the umpire. I went out and tried to put a stop to it before it spread. A couple of pitches were close and he stood there and looked at the umpire. That's not the way we're going to start this stuff.Nice move by Valentine, but did Doubront have a case?
triple: "It shouldn't be mathematically possible for me to run that far."
Extra-base Hit(s) in First Four Games of Career (since 1918)
Enos Slaughter, 1938 CardinalsSlaughter is the only player to have an extra-base hit in his first five games.
Coco Laboy, 1969 Expos
Yoenis Cespedes, 2012 Athletics
Will Middlebrooks, 2012 Red Sox
Gary Marbry (Nuggetpalooza) tells us that Middlebrooks is only the third Red Sox player to have a multiple home run game in the first four games of his career and he's only the third player in major league history to drive in 4+ runs twice in the first four games of his career.