Since starting the season 13-6, bouyed of course by their 11-game winning streak, the Red Sox are 16-16.
In those 32 games …
… they've scored 4.8 runs per game and posted a .270/.347/.440 line with 36 homers. The league average is 4.9 runs per game, so the Sox are not translating a decent line (that .787 OPS would still be good for sixth) into enough runs. Thirty-six home runs in 32 games translates to 57 home runs over the season so far — one more than league average, but four fewer than the club's actual total.
… the Sox have allowed 4.9 runs per game and allowed a line of .282/.347/.438 — essentially identical to the line their offense has contributed. Again, the Sox would be below average in runs per game — league-average is 4.88 allowed — while their 10.0 H/9 would be second-worst in the league, ahead of only Baltimore. Meanwhile, allowing 3.5 BB/9 would be exactly league average, and a WHIP of 1.50 over the last 32 games would put them second from the bottom in that category, as well. The only saving grace is that the staff has struck out 7.8 per nine innings — which would easily be the best total in the league, topping their own league-leading mark of 7.5.
Most intriguing is the Sox' continued inability to win on the road (yesterday's series- and face-saving win notwithstanding). For the season, they are 17-6 at Fenway, 12-16 on the road, a .310 gap in winning percentages that dwarfs even last year's .211 gap. Since 2003, the Sox have performed much better at home every year, but until last year, they had managed at least a winning record on the road while being nearly unstoppable at home.
Since last March, however, the Red Sox are 73-31 at home (.701 winning percentage, 112 wins in a 162-game season), but just 51-58 (.468, 76 wins) on the road. It's a performance over the past two years that matches the Red Sox' Jeckyl and Hyde 2008 thus far.
For more than a month now, the Sox have been Hyde more often than not, and I'm beginning to wonder whether that's closer to how good this team truly is.