The Bill Chuck Files overflow each day with stats, factoids, and observations that are sometimes relevant, sometimes irrelevant, and sometimes simply intriguing. At the start of each Sox series, I will share some of these in my "Nine to Know,” and I hope you will do the same.
Before the start of last night’s game I pictured John Farrell addressing his troops, “Boys, as fictional Indians manager Lou Brown said to his team in the great 1994 movie "'Major League II'...
‘Now, we won a ball game yesterday. If we win one today, that's two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that's called a winning streak. It has happened before.'
Now, go out and do that!”
The Sox, with their victory last night, have now won two in a row eight times this season. The last time the Sox won three in a row was Sept. 13-15, 2013. It was called a winning streak.
It has happened before.
Nine to Know: Braves (28-23/10-10 on the road) @ Red Sox (22-29/10-17 at home)
1. David Ortiz’ game-to-game contributions can’t be overemphasized. Big Papi has started in all 22 of the Sox wins and hit .345 with nine homers, 22 RBI, 19 walks, and 13 whiffs. Ortiz has played in 27 of the Sox losses (25 starts) and hit .204 with three homers, 10 RBI, nine walks, and 22 whiffs.
2. Dustin Pedroia leads the league with 18 doubles and now has 305 in his career. He is now 10th on the all-time Sox franchise list, one behind Jason Varitek and three behind Dom DiMaggio. He’s also one behind George “Boomer” Scott and Tom Brunansky who each had 306 doubles in their careers.
3. Grady Sizemore has gone 28 games without a homer and has hit .198 in that stretch with 10 RBI.
4. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is 1-13 against the curveball. He has seen 60 this season, swinging at 25, missing on 13, and most telling, chasing 12 and taking 10 for called strikes.
5. In six starts at home this season, encompassing 39.2 IP, John Lackey has allowed only one homer. He has a 3.63 ERA at Fenway with 12 walks and 35 whiffs. In his career, he has a 3.15 ERA in 37 games (36 starts) of interleague play. He’s only faced the Braves once in his career allowing two runs in six innings of 2005 start.
6. Last season at Fenway, Sox left-handed batters hit .406 (78-192) when going to the opposite field. This season, they are hitting .271 (13-48) and that includes Brock Holt going 3-3 and A.J. Pierzynski going 5-10.
7. When scoring three runs or fewer, the Sox are 1-17. When allowing more than four runs, the Sox are 3-19.
8. The Red Sox pitchers have a 5.35 ERA in innings 1-3, the worst in the majors. Their .288 BAA is also the worst in the majors. Atlanta pitchers have a 2.58 ERA and .237 BAA in the first three innings of a game.
9. The Braves are just 26-of-34 on steals this season, but runners against Lackey have been successful in eight-of-nine attempts this season. On the other hand, runners are only two-of-five against Jake Peavy. They are 16-of-24 against A.J. Pierzynski and 12-of-15 against David Ross.
See you Friday, when Yunel Escobar and the Rays come to town.