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.
So here’s the deal: the Sox losing streak is going to come to an end. It may be today, tomorrow, or next weekend, but the Sox are going to win again. So Red Sox Nation and their team just need to relax and understand that. They may even then win five-of-seven or seven-of eight because they have the talent to do that as well. But after this cold streak and that hot streak are over, the likelihood is that they will once again be a .500 team because that’s how they’ve been playing all season. You just need to look at the great Red Sox team of 2013 (with a winning pct. of .618), the awful Red Sox team of 2012 (with a winning pct. of .457) and realize the 2014 team, as constituted right now, is in between…right around .500.
Nine to Know: Red Sox (20-29 overall/10-12 on the road) @ Braves (28-21 overall/18-10 at home)
1. Sox starters in Atlanta will be Clay Buchholz who has a 4.91 ERA and 1.670 WHIP on the road and Jon Lester who has a 3.03 ERA and 0.953 WHIP on the road. Showing good balance, the Braves starters at home have a 2.57 ERA the third best in baseball. The Braves bullpen has a 2.08 ERA at home, also the third best in baseball.
2. Braves pitchers have allowed 68 doubles, the fewest in the NL, but 41 have come at home. Sox pitchers have surrendered 114 doubles, the second most in all of baseball, but only 35 on the road.
3. This season, the Sox are 5-12 in one-run games, and 5-2 in two-run games. During the 10-game losing streak, the Sox have been doubled up allowing 52 runs while scoring 26. They are 0-4 in one-run games, and 0-1 in two-run games.
4. During the 10-game losing streak, Xander Bogaerts has hit .368, Dustin Pedroia has hit .195, and David Ortiz has hit .118 with four singles in 34 at bats and no extra-base hits.
5. During the 10-game losing streak, the Sox outfielders have hit .161, with a .191 OBP, with two homers, seven RBI and 29 strikeouts.
6. During the 10-game losing streak, the Sox have hit .204 with two homers in innings 1-3; .252 with three homers in innings 4-6; and from the 7th inning on they have hit .183 with one homer.
7. During the 10-game losing streak, the pitching staff has a 4.69 ERA, 1.532 WHIP and a .290 BAA. The starters have a 6.18 ERA, 1.735 WHIP and a .323 BAA. The bullpen has a 2.56 ERA, 1.241 WHIP and a .236 BAA.
8. Through 49 games last season the Sox had the opposite of this year’s record at 29-20. In 2012, they were 25-24. In 2011, they were 27-22. The last time the Sox started at 20-29 was in 1996 when they finished at 85-77 in third place. This is fourth time they started 20-29: in 1955 they finished with a record 84-70 and in 1923 they finished 61-91.
9. Milestone loss - The hometown team was known as the Boston Americans from 1901-07. In 1908, the team became the Boston Red Sox. With the defeat yesterday, the Red Sox now have an all-time record of 8567-8000. Overall since 1901, the Bostonians are 9095-8492.
See you Wednesday as the Sox come home to face these same Braves.