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.
Were the 2013 edition of the Boston Red Sox “one-hit wonders”?
As magical as last season was, with chemistry abounding and players having career years, this season’s team feels like Swiss cheese with holes everywhere you look. Before the great trade deadline surrender the team was rife with problems, now there are different (and more) problems.
Last month, you felt that the team had a pitching staff with an ace and a number two starter. By the way, in case you missed it, last night Jon Lester pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout and 11th complete game, as the A's beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, for their 70th win of the season. Today, it’s hard to look at this pitching staff or this overall team with much excitement or hope.
Which brings us back to another group who were “one hit wonders.” In 1986, Timbuk3 had their only hit with the song, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."
Right now, for Red Sox Nation, the future is cloudy.
Boston Red Sox 50-64 (one loss from equaling last season’s 65, 20-33 on the road) @ Los Angeles Angels 67-47 38-21 at home, one home win from equaling last season’s 39)
1. The last time that Jackie Bradley, Jr. had a hit was July 26 in his first at bat. He’s 0-27 since with 13 strikeouts. Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .157.
2. Xander Bogaerts has had two or more RBI in just four games this season.
3. On June 15, Brock Holt was hitting .340 in large part because of an unsustainable .410 Batting Average for Balls in Play. Since 6/15, he’s hitting .265 with a still unsustainable .327 BAbip; look for a continued decline in his BA.
4. Among big leaguers with at least 15 starts, none has a higher ERA than Clay Buchholz and his 6.20.
5. In the first three innings of games this season, the Red Sox have hit into 42 double plays, the most in baseball. In a related note, in the first three innings of games this season, the Red Sox have stolen a total of 10 bases, also the fewest in baseball, they’ve been thrown out seven times.
6. In 2008, Dustin Pedroia had a lifetime .313 batting average. By 2010, it was .305. After 2012, it was .303. Today, it is .300.
7. David Ortiz has 47 extra base hits this season, good for 17th in the majors. He had 70 last season and in 2011. His 52 singles are the 136th most in the majors this year. He had 90 last season and 92 in 2011.
8. In the 7th – 9th innings this season, the Red Sox have only hit 15 homers, the fewest in baseball.
9. In three prior seasons managing, John Farrell has finished fourth twice and has won a World Championship. As of today, his overall record is 301-299.
See you Tuesday as the Sox head to the site of the 2015 All-Star Game and face the Reds