May 27, 2022

Story Is First Player In Red Sox History With 21 RBI Over Seven Games;
Martinez Hitting .446 Since April 27, .539 Since May 11;
Red Sox Scored 16+ Runs Twice In A Road Series For Second Time Ever (July 4, 1939)

I feel confident in saying Trevor Story will be named the American League Player of the Month for May.

He hit two more home runs last night and drove in four runs in Boston's 16-7 win over the White Sox. (The Red Sox pounded Chicago for 16 runs on Tuesday, as well.)

Story is the first player in Red Sox history (and sixth in MLB history) to have 21 or more RBI in a seven-game span (May 19-26). Over those seven games, Story batted .345 and slugged 1.069 for a 1.463 OPS. Seven of his 10 hits were home runs. Other five players: Jim Bottomley (July 1929), Harmon Killebrew (July 1962), (June 2000), Sammy Sosa (August 2002), and Edwin Encarnación (August 2015).

Story's seven home runs tied the franchise record for a seven-game span. He joins Jimmie Foxx (1938 and 1940), Dick Stuart (1964), George Scott (1977), and David Ortiz (2006).

Story is the first Red Sox player to have 30+ RBI in a calendar month since Rafael Devers had 34 in July 2019.

Story is the third player in major league history to score 11+ runs, hit 7+ homers, and drive in 21+ runs over a seven-game span, joining Bottomley (1929) and Sosa (2002). Story is the only one of those three players to also steal a base.

First 19 games: .208 / .301 / .278 / .579  0 HR   6 RBI
Next 20 games:  .253 / .322 / .633 / .955  9 HR  31 RBI

Story is not getting on base much more often in that split, but he's crushing the hell out of the ball, showing that he is far from a Coors-only hitter.

April 8-May 8: 24 games  .194/.276/.269/ .545  18-for-93  0 HR  10 RBI
May 10-26:     15 games  .293/.368/.776/1.144  17 for 58  9 HR  27 RBI

Julio Daniel Martinez leads the major leagues with a .380 batting average. JDM is 4th in on-base (.430), 7th in slugging (.599), and 4th in OPS (1.029). Martinez has hit safely in 33 of his 36 games this year, with 14 multi-hit games.

Since May 11, JDM is batting .539 (28-for-52) with an OPS of 1.359. And he has raised his average 120 points in 22 games since April 27 by hitting .446 (41-for-101). 

Rafael Devers is 7th among MLB hitters in average (.335), 6th in slugging (.600), and 10th in OPS (.966). Devers leads all MLB hitters with 62 hits and is tied for the most total bases (111). He's also 6th in runs scored. Devers, who will be only 25 years old all season, leads the AL with 17 doubles.

Xander Bogaerts has reached safely in each of his last 24 games, the longest active streak in the American League.

Boston is the only team with three players batting over .300 and OPSing over .800: Bogaerts (.319, .837), Devers (.335, .966), and Martinez (.380, 1.029).

Last night, Matt Barnes (who is not my friend) became the second pitcher in Red Sox history to issue four walks and throw a wild pitch while getting only one out. Ivy Andrews was the first Boston pitcher to do it, on July 14, 1932, also against the White Sox.

Kiké Hernández hit two leadoff home runs in Chicago (Tuesday and last night). The only other Red Sox batter to begin two games in the White Sox's park with a four-bagger was Wade Boggs, but those dongs came seven years apart  (1984 and 1991) and in different stadiums.

The Red Sox took two of three games from the White Sox, winning 16-3 on Tuesday and 16-7 last night. The only other time the team has scored 16+ runs twice in the same road series was on July 4, 1939, when Boston's offensive fireworks battered the Philadelphia Athletics 17-7 and 18-7.

The Red Sox's next victims? The Orioles.


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