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The clutch is stuck for the Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 20, 2010 01:30 PM

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As you may have heard, the Red Sox are hitless in their last 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

This goes back to the eighth inning of the game in Minnesota on April 14. This was back in the day when the Bruins were a mess and the volcano in Iceland was dormant.

Thanks to crack research by the Extra Bases Sports Bureau, here are the biggest perpetrators of the lack of production:

0 for 7: Jeremy Hermida

0 for 5: Adrian Beltre, Marco Scutaro

0 for 3: Victor Martinez, Kevin Youkilis

0 for 2: Bill Hall, David Ortiz

0 for 1: Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek

That's everybody on the roster, except for Jacoby Ellsbury and he hasn't played since April 11. The last player to get a hit with a runner in scoring position was Hermida, who had a three-run double against the Twins on April 14.

As a team this season, the Red So are 16 of 99 (.162) with runners in scoring position including 1 for 8 with the bases loaded. Of the 15 home runs the Sox have hit, eight have come with the bases empty.

Common sense tells you this can't continue. The Red So are hitting 101 points less with runners in scoring position than they are with the bases empty. Eventually, and probably soon, they're going to score a bunch of runs.

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