Julio Lugo is mired in quite a slump. How bad have his last two weeks been?
- His current 0-for-31 is the worst hitless streak of any non-pitcher in baseball this season.
- His current nine-game hitless streak is the worst by any Sox starter since Tim Naehring started 11 straight games without a hit in 1991 (and had 13 straight hitless games in which he had at least one at-bat). The only difference is those were the last 11 games he started before finishing the season on the disabled list. He ended his season 0 for 38.
- The last time a Sox starter went as many seven straight hitless games was in 1999 — Darren Lewis and Mike Stanley.
- Only five other Red Sox players in the last 50 years have ever had nine straight starts without a hit.
- The worst was Luis Aparicio, who in May of 1971 had an amazing 11-game stretch in which he went 0-for-44, far and away the worst 0-fer for the Sox in the Retrosheet era. The streak dropped Aparicio’s batting average from .206 to .154. He batted .275 the rest of the way to finish with a .232/.284/.303 line.
- In fact, Lugo’s 0-for-31 appears to be the fifth-worst of the past 50 years for a member of the Red Sox. Aparicio and Naehring are the top two, followed by George Scott’s 0-for-36 in September 1978 and Tom Brunansky’s 0-for-34 in July 1990.
- Among those in baseball with at least 300 plate appearances, Lugo has the worst batting average (.190, nine points below Andruw Jones), the worst on-base percentage (.256), and the third-worst slugging percentage (.283). That adds up to a .540 OPS, worst in baseball by six points (Jason kendall is second-worst, and those are the only two below .580).
- Only 50 players in the live-ball era have finished a season with an OPS of .540 or lower — just 19 of them since World War II.
Clearly we were wrong last season. Julio Lugo is the true Bathroom Break.