Entering this season, no Red Sox team since May 5, 2005, had collected as many as 11 hits in a game while scoring no more than two runs, and Sox teams had done it just five times this decade. Now they’ve done it three times this year.

Number of times Red Sox batters have collected eight or more hits and scored two or fewer runs in a season since 2000:

  • 2000: 13
  • 2001: 13
  • 2002: 8
  • 2003: 7
  • 2004: 9
  • 2005: 6
  • 2006: 6
  • 2007: 14 (on pace for 24)

No Sox team has had 14 such games in a season since 1992 (18 times). That club only had 10 at this point in the season.

10 comments… add one
  • ergo: the Red Sox are unclutch this season?

    Nick-YF July 20, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • Clutch is a myth, and clutchness changes year to year…look at David Ortiz, who’s been among the worst in baseball this season in close & late situations after four straight seasons of awesomeness.
    Youkilis should be batting second. He sucks as a 5-hitter. Let Lowell hit 5th–especially at home–and have Pedroia leadoff. Drew can possibly hit first when/if he gets healthy again, or 5th/6th with Lowell.

    desturbd1 July 20, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • It’s going to be fine. If, in two weeks the Red Sox are still treading water at .500 I’ll begin to get worried, but for now, this stuff is bound to happen to every team.
    All of the past four World Series winners have had stretches of at least 40 games where they played .500 or under.

    Brad July 20, 2007, 2:24 pm
  • Take the stats as you will. I just represented them because it shows that our eyes aren’t lying to us. This club has incredible talent and has squandered it pretty often — more often than we’ve seen in a while.
    I think the offense will kick in. Drew has the numbers since June 1 of a five hitter, and Youk needs to either return to the top of the lineup or drop to eighth with Crisp moving to the top. Either Crisp or Lugo at the top with the way they’re hitting would be a spark.
    The need remains a quality starting pitcher, I think. Banking on a healthy return by Schilling to solidify the rotation is simply foolish. Vasquez looks very good, and we know he’s available…

    Paul SF July 20, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • I just noticed that, thanks to a pair of double-headers, the Yankees are in a stretch where they play 20 games in 18 days. We definitely need to be taking advantage of this and pull away for good.

    Atheose - SF July 20, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • Completely agreed on Schilling, Paul. I hope/want/think he can succeed, but COUNTING on him to solidify the rotation isn’t intelligent. We need someone. If Schilling comes back and makes them a “surplus” then a rotation of Beckett/Matsuzaka/Schill/trade pickup/Wake should make an okay rotation down the stretch, though with the way both have pitched lately, an easy case could be made for Gabbard getting Wake’s spot. …but that’s probably not happening.

    QuoSF July 20, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • > pair of double-headers
    Saturday, the Yankees do play a day-night DH.
    The other one is a resumption of play from the June 28th game in Baltimore that was suspended; the Yankees lead Baltimore 8-6 and are at bat in the top of the eighth, so hopefully that one will be over with minimal effort. It will be interesting in the sense that the Yankees will be the visiting team.

    attackgerbil July 20, 2007, 3:02 pm
  • I don’t know enough about baseball to know what to blame this on, but if I had to guess, it seems like you guys are right: our batting order should be totally redone.

    Kazz July 20, 2007, 3:30 pm
  • Looks like someone in charge is listening…
    (from’s Extra Bases) “Here’s tonight Red Sox lineup just reported on sports radio WEEI:
    1. Coco Crisp, CF
    2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. J.D. Drew, RF
    6. Mike Lowell, 3B
    7. Jason Varitek, C
    8. Eric Hinske, 1B
    9. Julio Lugo, SS
    This looks a little better…

    SoxCakes July 20, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • So just for fun, I did some math.
    Since June 1, the Sox have been playing .488 ball; the Yanks .605. If they kept those percentages to the end of the season, the clubs would wind up with identical 89-73 records.
    The idea of a 1978 redux makes me smile!

    nettles-yf July 20, 2007, 4:48 pm

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