Nation Station: Numbers of problems

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Nation Station: Numbers of problems

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Wednesday night proved to be the third-best day of the Sox young season.

They were rained out.

They have a very depressing 2-9 record and I will tell you what is worse: the 2-9 record is well deserved.

Sadly, I have put together 50 stats that when assembled helps explain the Sox awful start.

Word of warning: Dont read these near open windows.

Heres the breakdown on the Sox breakdown:

Batting

1. As a team, the Sox are hitting .230, tied with the Oakland As . . . who analysts say dont have enough hitting to win their division.

2. They have scored 40 runs, tied with the Seattle Mariners who last year scored fewer runs than any team in baseball.

3. They have stolen a total of four bases, all in losses. As my father used to say, You cant steal first base.

4. Right-handed pitchers against Sox righty batters - .225, one homer, 10 RBI. Youk is hitting .136 with 10 walks

5. Right-handed pitchers against Sox lefty batters - .239, four homers, 18 RBI. Carl Crawford is hitting .167. Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .179.

6. Left-handed pitchers against Sox righty batters - .194, one homer, four RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek are a combined 0-for13.

7. Left-handed pitchers against Sox lefty batters - .254, one homer, eight RBI. Carl Crawford is hitting .125 with no extra-base hits.
8. On the road the Sox are hitting .181 with four homers and 16 RBI.

9. In the nine Sox losses, they are hitting .203.

10. Catchers are hitting .139.

11. The outfield is hitting .190.

12. The first batter of the game is hitting .000.

13. Leading off innings, Sox batters are hitting .200. - Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .083. Carl Crawford is hitting .100.

14. When Boston batters are ahead in the count, they are hitting .231.

15. When Boston batters are behind in the count, they are hitting .184. Kevin Youkilis is 0-for-10.

16. The Sox are 20-for-104 with runners in scoring position, a .192 average with 28 RBI.

17. The Sox have only scored one run in each of the 5th, 6th, and the 9th innings.

18. The Sox are moving station-to-station. Of the nine times that a runner has been on first when a double is hit, they have scored twice. Of the 12 times a runner has been on second when a single is hit, they have scored six times.

19. Sox pinch-hitters are 0-for-6.

20. Of the 30 plate appearances for the Sox with a runner on third and less than two outs, the runner has scored 11 times. That 37 is the worst in the AL

21. Jacoby Ellsbury (.189), Kevin Youkilis (.182), Marco Scutaro (.172), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.154), and Carl Crawford (.152) are all hitting under .200 only the Mariners have as many.

Pitching

22. The Sox are last in all of baseball with a 6.77 ERA.

23. They have surrendered 70 earned runs; no other team has surrendered more than 59.

24. They are last in all of baseball surrendering 21 homers.

25. Batters are hitting .275 against Sox pitching.

26. Starters are 2-7 with a 6.83 ERA.

27. Relievers are 0-2 with a 6.69 ERA.

28. The .894 OPS against the Sox is the worst in baseball.

29. The .355 OBP against Sox pitching is the worst in the AL.

30. Sox starters are tied for last with the Twins with only three Quality Starts.

31. Sox starters are averaging 5.3 innings per start, only the Yankees 5.1 is worse
in the AL.

32. Sox relievers have made 31 appearances and have entered the game trailing 24 times and tied twice.

33. Sox pitchers have given up 100 hits, and 50 have gone for extra bases.

34. Sox pitchers have dished out eight four-pitch walks, but only two intentional walks.

35. John Lackey has a 15.86 ERA.

36. Daisuke Matsuzaka. Enough said.

37. Righties are hitting .429 against John Lackey and Dan Wheeler and .291 against all the righties on the staff.

38. Lefties are hitting .538 against Dan Wheeler, .414 against Dice-K, .375 against Daniel Bard, and .275 against all the righties on the staff.

39. Batters are hitting .279 against Sox pitchers at Fenway with seven homers and .270 with 14 homers against them on the road.

40. Sox pitchers have a 6.40 home ERA and a 7.13 road ERA

41. Righties are hitting .275 against Sox pitchers, but then again lefties are hitting .275 against Sox pitchers.

42. In their two wins, Sox pitchers have a 4.15 ERA. In no-decisions, their ERA is 5.24. In their nine losses, the ERA is (get something to hold on to) 9.96.

43. The first two batters in opposing team lineups are hitting .330 with a 1.115 OPS.

44. Batters 7-9, the bottom of the opposing team lineups, are hitting .327 with a 1.017 OPS.

45. With runners in scoring position, batters are hitting .333 against Sox pitchers.

46. With runners on base, batters are hitting .329 against Sox pitchers.

47. In innings four through six, Sox pitchers have given up 36 runs on 46 hits and batters are hitting .329

48. On pitches 76-100 batters are hitting .347 against Sox pitchers.

49. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a pitchercatcher ERA of 8.06.

50. The Sox have scored 40 runs and allowed 72 runs, the minus-32 run differential is the worst in baseball.

Honestly, the next column will have some good news in it even if I have to dishonestly make it up.

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

More from the story: 

Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.