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.

4 comments… add one
  • Jason Kendall hit a homer today. We should be 1/2 as lucky with Lugo tonight…

    SF June 30, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Don’t to post over the top of this work by Paul, but it seems that Coco Crisp is hurt worse than originally thought. Otherwise, why call up Jacoby? If that’s the case, it stinks, as Coco had seemingly turned it around. Hopefully Ellsbury is all that’s been advertised.

    SF June 30, 2007, 4:44 pm
    FUCK YA! Show Em how its done Ellsbury!

    TJ June 30, 2007, 6:14 pm
  • Ellsbury on the big stage. This should be interesting.

    Rob June 30, 2007, 6:22 pm

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