May 16, 2016

G39: Red Sox at Royals, Postponed (Rain)

Update: The Red Sox and Royals will play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday (2 PM and 8 PM).
Red Sox - 
Royals  -
Rick Porcello / Yordano Ventura
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Shaw, 3B
Bradley, CF
Vazquez, C
Holt, LF
After finishing a 6-1 homestand, the tied-for-first-place Red Sox (24-14) hit the road for three games against the defending World Champion Royals (18-19, 5.5 GB in the AL Central). Then it's right back to Fenway for three games each against Cleveland and the Rockies.

In the homestand's seven games, the Red Sox scored 10+ runs five times. They batted .369, with 28 doubles and 13 home runs. Elias notes: "Boston averaged 10.4 runs per game over those seven games, third-highest by any major-league team on a homestand of seven or more games in the modern era (1900 to date)."
By the way, this is not a Red Sox record. This is an MLB record. Boston holds the top three spots!

Looking two weeks ahead on the calendar: Red Sox at Orioles: May 30, May 31, June 1, June 2.

Red Sox - Consecutive Games With 11+ Hits
11 - May 2-12, 2008
10 - June 10-21, 1921
 9 - August 12-19, 1950
 8 - June 4-11, 1946
 7 - 8 times, including May 9-15, 2016
The Red Sox have also homered in each of their last 16 games, the second-longest streak in Red Sox history. In 1996, Boston homered in 19 straight games.

Sunday's starter Sean O'Sullivan was designated for assignment.


FenFan said...

Last ten games:

FKO 8-2
BOS 7-3
MFY 7-3

Only CHC (27-9) and FKO (23-13) have better winning percentage than Boston. CHW (24-14) tied with Red Sox for third best in league.

FenFan said...

You have to question the people who put together these schedules...

Not counting the All-Star break, the Red Sox have 17 scheduled off-days.

Boston is in the middle of a 16-game stretch before an off-day Thursday. Then the team plays three at home, take a day off, then play a 13-game stretch which consists of three straight at home, followed by a week on the road, and ending with three at home.

Then the Sox get a day off, followed by two games in San Francisco, a day off, three games in Minnesota, and then a day off. That's three off-days over eight days.

That's five off-days over the course of 25 days. The season goes six months (~180 days).

I really don't follow the logic.

allan said...

The Red Sox wrapped up their seven-game homestand with a 10-9 win over the Astros on Sunday. Boston averaged 10.4 runs per game over those seven games, third-highest by any major-league team on a homestand of seven or more games in the modern era (1900 to date). The two higher marks happened to also be by the Red Sox: 11.5 per game over an 11-game stretch in June 1950 and 10.7 per game over seven games in June 2003.
The Red Sox hit .369 and slugged .628 on the just-completed homestand. Nine of the 12 players who batted for Boston over the last seven games hit over .300 and five hit over .400.

allan said...

I imagine it's the only way to make the schedule work for all 30 teams in some coherent manner. Every team probably has crazy shit going on.

allan said...

Our hitters? They are kicking ass.

allan said...

Red Sox Notes:

Jackie Bradley was named AL Player of the Week today, his 1st career weekly honor. From Monday-Sunday, he led the majors in hits (tied, 15) and RBI (15) and ranked among AL leaders in AVG (.469, 5th), OPS (1.297, 5th), and XBH (5, T-8th).

Jackie Bradley has hit safely in 21 straight games, MLB’s longest streak of the season and the longest by a Red Sox since David Ortiz (27 games, 7/2/12-5/7/13). The last Boston player with a single-season hitting streak of 20+ games was Dustin Pedroia (25 G, 6/29-7/28/11).

Mookie Betts has tied a Red Sox record by recording at least 1 RBI in 7 consecutive games as a leadoff hitter (RBI became an official stat in 1920). The only others to accomplish the feat are Chuck Schilling in 1961 (7/27-8/3) and Dom DiMaggio in 1940 (8/15-21). No major leaguer has had a longer streak since Derek Jeter recorded an RBI in 8 consecutive games as a leadoff hitter in 2004 (5/19-6/2).

3 of the AL’s top 4 OPS marks with runners on base belong to Red Sox: David Ortiz (1st, 1.293), Jackie Bradley Jr. (2nd, 1.254), and Travis Shaw (4th, 1.128).

The Red Sox lead the majors with 229 runs, 50 more than the AL’s next-highest total (TEX-179). Boston also leads MLB in hits (406), AVG (.298), SLG (.489), OPS (.848), and doubles (101). The Sox’ .298 AVG is 20 points higher than MLB’s next-highest mark (COL-.278).

allan said...


Hanley Ramirez has reached base via hit, BB, or HBP in each of his last 22 games (beginning 4/21), the longest active streak in the AL.

Zenslinger said...

Today's game apparently PPD?

To add to the wow factor of our offense: we don't even rate much at Cluster Luck, which measures how well a team's hits cluster up to score runs. That is, nothing "lucky" about our extraordinary scoring.

Jere said...

Ever have Green Goody Mullee Coke? Check the Yankees' boxscore.