With a win by the Houston Astros last night, the Red Sox now officially have the worst record in all of baseball. Now should we piggyback this with some more awfulness? Of course we should.
The Sox have been outscored by their opponents 72-40. That’s a difference of -32. By the way, the worst in baseball. The next worse team has a differential of half that (-16).
They’re 19th in runs with 40, 23rd in batting average at a putrid .230, 16th in OBP (because they actually lead the American League in walks) with .324, and they’re 25th in slugging percentage with .348.
They’re 30th in ERA with a 6.77, 27th in quality starts with 3, 26th in WHIP with a 1.48, and 25th in batting average against .275.
So they stink. Statistically it backs it up and of course watching it confirms it.
I tuned in for the last two innings. I saw Bobby Jenks look great in the top of ninth. Then I saw Francona unload the lefties off the bench to try and score some runs in the bottom of the ninth.
First up was Jacoby. Watched a fastball right down the middle to start the at bat, watched a slider over the middle of the plate for strike two, and then flailed at a second slider to strike out and end the at bat. Awesome effort. Three whopping pitches. Good job.
Next up the above pictured JD Drew. JD thought he has walked on what was clearly a strike on the original pitch and confirmed on the replay. Then he struck out on a weak half swing. Two outs.
Then David Ortiz, who got a pop like a wrestler saying the city’s name in an interview while coming to the on deck circle, stepped in. Just like Ellsbury he watched a fastball right down the middle. Then he swung – an assumed HGH and steroid free swing – and hit it all the way to deep right. Out. I assume if he was still on the juice it would have gone further?
Sox lose again. Tonight they look to John Lackey to salvage a win in the series. Since that likely won’t happen, let’s listen to John Lackey and just laugh.