What ails our boys this early in the season? A quick peek at Baseball Reference tells us that the Sox have had 135 baserunners on the sacks with batters at the plate. That's not an immense raw number of runners, but even worse only 13 of them have scored, less than 10%. Compiled numbers show that 15% (or 33% more than the Sox) is the average, and top teams Baltimore, Toronto, Seattle have driven in about 20% of their baserunners while at bat. Say what you want about Mike Lowell, Ortiz' lack of power, etc. etc.but I don't think we need to look at anyone in specific, or deeper into the numbers, to understand the 2-4 record.*
*Small Sample Size disclaimer – they may only be through Saturday, and for the record this post isn't meant to discourage Paul from digging in deeper, of course!