Boston Red Sox News & Notes

Sean KennedyCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

BOSTON - AUGUST 13:  Starting Pitcher Clay Buchholz #61 of the Boston Red Sox delivers the pitch in the first inning during the game against the Detroit Tigersat Fenway Park on August 13, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In getting the win against Toronto last night, Clay Buchholz equaled his win total from last year, a disastrous season for the young righty.

Now 2-3, Buchholz's only other win this year was also against Toronto, in his season debut on July 17.

With the win, Buchholz's ERA dropped to 3.99, the first time it has been below 4 since July 28. If Buchholz wins his next start, he will be .500 for the season and match his rookie win total from 2007. 


While fighting his way through a very difficult season, both personally and statistically, David Ortiz is nonetheless approaching 20 home runs for the eighth consecutive year.
Ortiz made 40 homers seem customary, swatting at least as many in three straight seasons ('04-'06). The Red Sox DH also hit 31 homers in 2003 and 35 in 2003, before tailing off with 23 last season, due to a wrist injury.
Though his numbers across the board are down (52 runs, 69 RBI, .226/.320/.435) and well below his averages through his first five years in Boston, it may surprise some Red Sox fans to see where his home run total ranks among designated hitters.
DH Home Run Leaders

1. Adam Lind Toronto 24
2. Hank Blalock Texas 23
3. Jim Thome CWS 22
4. Jason Kubel Min 20
    Luke Scott Bal 20
5. David Ortiz Bos 19
    Hideki Matsui NYY 19

From the Smokin' Hot Bats file:
All of the Angels' starters are hitting at least .300. The last time a team ended a season that way was 1934.

As a team, the Angles are batting .291, the best in baseball.

The Red Sox are batting .263, 14th in baseball.

The Angles are 24-8 since the All Star break, second best in baseball to the Yankees (25-8).

Twins' catcher Joe Mauer is having a phenomenal season. The following reveals just how good the 26-year-old slugger really is:
The last five AL players with at least a .380 average and 25 HR through the first 119 games of a season are:

Joe Mauer Min 2009 (.383, 25 HR)

Ted Williams Bos 1941, 1957

Joe Dimaggio NYY 1939

Lou Gehrig NYY 1930, 1936

Babe Ruth NYY 1931

Obviously, Mauer is in very elite company. Before he accomplished the feat, it had been 52 years since the last player, Williams, did it.

Williams and Gehrig are the only players to have achieved this twice.

But what jumps out at me more than anything else is that Williams did it 16 seasons apart. It's amazing that he was still that capable as late as 1957.

That's consistency.
While many Red Sox fans salivate at the notion of Mauer signing with Boston when he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2010 season, it's important to remember that Mauer is a Minnesota native and is right at home with the Twins.