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Even more numbers

Just saw a stat I wasn’t aware of.  For whatever reasons, it has gone totally unnoticed (guess it’s mostly because of how amazing the defense has been, coupled with our starting pitchers having some strong outings, Timlin being reliable and Papelbon just being insanely good!) – but for the month of June, the Red Sox lead the league in team batting average.  .302.  The team that isn’t even in the top five?  You can just guess. 

Hmm…how many games did the Sox play in June (not counting tonight’s, of course)?  25.  How many of those were inter-league games?  12.  Less than half (granted, not by much, but technically still true).  Oh yes, and they led the league in May with a .306 average.  And in May they only played 3 inter-league games.

We have the best team batting average, we have the best infield, we have the best closer, our one and two pitchers have ten wins each, we have a rookie in the starting rotation with a record of 3-0 and an era of 2.95, and we have the league’s best clutch hitter.  I’ll take this team over any team in both leagues.

Do I think the Sox can win number 13 tonight? Sure, I do.  Doesn’t mean that if they don’t win the Sox are no good.  (Regardless of what my Yankee fan visitors will tell you.)  Just means stuff happens.  You win some, you lose some.

But right now, the Sox are winning…and for many different reasons.

The least of which, and the least IMPORTANT, being they happen to be playing lesser teams.  The Sox have lost ONE game in inter-league play this year.  So what they are doing is beating the teams that they are SUPPOSED to be beating.  That’s something to be impressed with…especially when other teams can’t say the same.

I’m off to watch some of the Subway Series before the Sox start at 7:35.  It won’t be difficult to go back to rooting for the Mets.  Heck, after being swept I think I’d be cheering for them regardless of what team they’re playing.

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June 30, 2006 - Posted by | Miscellaneous

8 Comments »

  1. pen up yet
    -kaylee

    Comment by andy5353@aol.com | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. why isnt david ortiz in the line up today? is he ok?

    Comment by Lola | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. On paper, tonight wasn’t much of a pitching matchup. In actuality, it’s worse than that. Maybe it’s just nerves, but he looks awful (at least on Gameday).

    Comment by soxfax@massenergy.us | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. oh ok. kool.

    Comment by Lola | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  5. Well, since I know you aren’t talking about Mariano Rivera, it would have been helpful to know who you were comparing him against. I’m guessing it’s BJ Ryan.

    You’re pretty funny…their numbers are very close. But I guess you’re just looking for ways to try and show that I have no baseball knowledge. Sorry about that. Nitpick much?

    Again, you aren’t reading a newspaper. You don’t like my opinions, no one is making you read them.

    I’ll say it again…Papelbon is the best closer in the league. I’ll take him over anyone, including Ryan.

    Comment by Cyn | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  6. Yes I was talking about Ryan. I’m not trying to show you have no knowledge. I’m just offering up the other alternative, who I feel is a shade above Papelbon. I like your opinions, that’s why i read your blog. If you don’t want me coming around and lending an opinion, I won’t. Say the word and I’m gone.

    I’d hope as a Sox fan you’d want Paps to be your closer, and I understand why you feel he’s the best. As I said, he is no doubt great. He’s definitely doing better than Rivera. But I don’t think he’s quite as good as Ryan.

    J

    http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

    Comment by Jason | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  7. //If you don’t want me coming around and lending an opinion, I won’t. Say the word and I’m gone.//

    Not at all, please don’t think that. 🙂

    I’ll give you that he isn’t as seasoned as Ryan, but I think he’s quickly becoming better than Ryan.

    Comment by Cyn | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  8. It’s remarkable the quality of closers in the AL East. To think that Rivera is the 3rd best closer in the division is crazy. Papelbon and Ryan are both great but I still have to give the edge to Ryan. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a lefty and that he is more seasoned. As a Yankee fan, I can only hope that teams make adjustments to Papelbon and once they see him a few times and get used to him, that his numbers start to decline. Time will tell.

    J

    http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

    Comment by Jason | June 30, 2006 | Reply


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Even more numbers

Just saw a stat I wasn’t aware of.  For whatever reasons, it has gone totally unnoticed (guess it’s mostly because of how amazing the defense has been, coupled with our starting pitchers having some strong outings, Timlin being reliable and Papelbon just being insanely good!) – but for the month of June, the Red Sox lead the league in team batting average.  .302.  The team that isn’t even in the top five?  You can just guess. 

Hmm…how many games did the Sox play in June (not counting tonight’s, of course)?  25.  How many of those were inter-league games?  12.  Less than half (granted, not by much, but technically still true).  Oh yes, and they led the league in May with a .306 average.  And in May they only played 3 inter-league games.

We have the best team batting average, we have the best infield, we have the best closer, our one and two pitchers have ten wins each, we have a rookie in the starting rotation with a record of 3-0 and an era of 2.95, and we have the league’s best clutch hitter.  I’ll take this team over any team in both leagues.

Do I think the Sox can win number 13 tonight? Sure, I do.  Doesn’t mean that if they don’t win the Sox are no good.  (Regardless of what my Yankee fan visitors will tell you.)  Just means stuff happens.  You win some, you lose some.

But right now, the Sox are winning…and for many different reasons.

The least of which, and the least IMPORTANT, being they happen to be playing lesser teams.  The Sox have lost ONE game in inter-league play this year.  So what they are doing is beating the teams that they are SUPPOSED to be beating.  That’s something to be impressed with…especially when other teams can’t say the same.

I’m off to watch some of the Subway Series before the Sox start at 7:35.  It won’t be difficult to go back to rooting for the Mets.  Heck, after being swept I think I’d be cheering for them regardless of what team they’re playing.

June 30, 2006 - Posted by | Miscellaneous

8 Comments »

  1. “we have the best closer”

    I am here as a baseball fan, not a Yankee fan, and here are some numbers:

    36 games, 1-0, 38.2 IP, 17 H, 0 HR, 2 ER, 8 BB, 46 K, .47 ERA, .65 WHIP. .136 OBA., 1 blown save

    Compared with:

    36 games, 2-1, 40.1 IP, 22H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 6BB, 41 K, .45 ERA, .69 WHIP, .156 ERA., 2 blown saves

    Which is better? It’s close, but stat line 1 is better. The Sox don’t have the best closer. They have a great closer no doubt. Paps will be the AL ROY. But he isn’t the best closer. Defintely, a very close second.

    J

    http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

    Comment by Jason | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. why isnt david ortiz in the line up today? is he ok?

    Comment by Lola | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. Lola, because it’s a National League park, he’s sitting for a game because Youk and Lowell both have hot bats as well and Tito is trying to get them all game time and ESPECIALLY since we need all the defense we can get with this kid pitching.

    Comment by Cyn | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. oh ok. kool.

    Comment by Lola | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  5. Well, since I know you aren’t talking about Mariano Rivera, it would have been helpful to know who you were comparing him against. I’m guessing it’s BJ Ryan.

    You’re pretty funny…their numbers are very close. But I guess you’re just looking for ways to try and show that I have no baseball knowledge. Sorry about that. Nitpick much?

    Again, you aren’t reading a newspaper. You don’t like my opinions, no one is making you read them.

    I’ll say it again…Papelbon is the best closer in the league. I’ll take him over anyone, including Ryan.

    Comment by Cyn | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  6. Yes I was talking about Ryan. I’m not trying to show you have no knowledge. I’m just offering up the other alternative, who I feel is a shade above Papelbon. I like your opinions, that’s why i read your blog. If you don’t want me coming around and lending an opinion, I won’t. Say the word and I’m gone.

    I’d hope as a Sox fan you’d want Paps to be your closer, and I understand why you feel he’s the best. As I said, he is no doubt great. He’s definitely doing better than Rivera. But I don’t think he’s quite as good as Ryan.

    J

    http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

    Comment by Jason | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  7. //If you don’t want me coming around and lending an opinion, I won’t. Say the word and I’m gone.//

    Not at all, please don’t think that. 🙂

    I’ll give you that he isn’t as seasoned as Ryan, but I think he’s quickly becoming better than Ryan.

    Comment by Cyn | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  8. It’s remarkable the quality of closers in the AL East. To think that Rivera is the 3rd best closer in the division is crazy. Papelbon and Ryan are both great but I still have to give the edge to Ryan. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a lefty and that he is more seasoned. As a Yankee fan, I can only hope that teams make adjustments to Papelbon and once they see him a few times and get used to him, that his numbers start to decline. Time will tell.

    J

    http://boogiedownbaseball.mlblogs.com/

    Comment by Jason | June 30, 2006 | Reply


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