Interesting notes and tidbits while you wait to see if you’ve won the ($13,500 and counting) Ortiz home run ball and the team plays out the string in this Lost Season:
- Julian Tavarez’s complete game was just the second this season by a Sox starter — the other being Tim Wakefield’s complete game loss April 15. Raise your hand if you’d have guessed at any point since his acquisition that Julian Tavarez would be the only Sox pitcher with a complete game win in 2006.
- If the Sox finish with just two complete games, it will set the franchise record for fewest complete games in a season, breaking the record of three set in 2001, when Hideo Nomo had two and Pedro Martinez one. (I should note I checked only as far back as 1960, but complete games were quite common then and only get more common the further back you go).
- David Ortiz set the Sox record of course with his 51st home run this week. He has no chance of surpassing Jimmie Foxx’s club RBI record of 175, set the same year (1938) Foxx hit 50. With 132 RBI, Papi is currently in 15th place, five behind Ted Williams’ 1942 season and Vern Stephens’ 1948 season. His 111 walks rank him 16th, behind four Hall of Famers and Dwight Evans (Williams holds the top seven single-season walk totals in Red Sox history, including 162 in 1947 and 1949). Ortiz’s .635 slugging percentage ties him for 10th all time with Williams’ 1954 season.
- Jonathan Papelbon seems done for the season at 35 saves, which is fourth all time in Sox history, behind Tom Gordon (46, 1998), Derek Lowe (42, 2000) and Ugueth Urbina (40, 2002).
- Mike Lowell is also a double shy of setting a career high and one home run short of hitting 20 for the fourth time in five years.
- And finally, this interesting note: Chien-Ming Wang is 20th in the AL in Average Game Score (a Bill James metric in which a Game Score is found by starting at 50 points and adding a set number for strikeouts, innings pitched, etc, and subtracting a set number for hits, runs, etc.) with a 50.4. Right behind? Randy Johnson and Josh Beckett (50.3).