Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox Notes: How Hitters Have Stepped Up Against the Best, More Tidbits

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 25:  Kevin Youkilis #20 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during an MLB game at AT&T Park on June 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jeffrey BrownAnalyst IJune 28, 2010

Some items selected from the Red Sox media department’s “game notes” and post-game “media notes”:

The Sox have faced four Cy Young Award winners this year—CC Sabathia (three times), Zack Greinke (two times), Roy Halladay (once), and Tim Lincecum (once). They have gone 6-1 in those games...the four Cy Young Award winners are a combined 0-4, 6.57 against the Red Sox lineup.

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Entering play yesterday, the Sox offense led all of baseball in AB (2,653), hits (735), RBI (401), runs (418), doubles (183), extra-base hits (293), total bases (1,239), slugging (.467), and OPS (.819)...they were second in HR (101) and OBP (.352), third in BA (.277), and fourth in walks (297).

All of this has been accomplished without LF Jacoby Ellsbury for most of the season, and with CF Mike Cameron missing much of the year and hitting his first home run on Saturday.

Remember back in spring training when we were worried about the offense?

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Saturday’s win against San Francisco was the first time in franchise history that the club used eight or more pitchers in a nine-inning game AND won the game.

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With Jon Lester’s complete-game victory yesterday, he has now reached 100 IP before the All-Star break for the third consecutive season. The last Red Sox southpaw to accomplish that feat was Bill Lee (1973-75).

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The Red Sox rotation ranks second in the major leagues in innings pitched with 478.1 IP (LAA, 481 IP), winning percentage at 36-19 (.655—NYY are first at .661), and wins (NYY have 39).

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The Red Sox finished interleague play with a record of 13-5, tied with the NY Mets for the third-best record in baseball. The Chicago White Sox got back into contention in the AL Central by going 15-3, while the Texas Rangers completed their slate at 14-4.

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Entering play yesterday, the Red Sox had the best record of any third-place team in baseball. In fact, their 45-31 (.592) record was the best record of any third-place team on June 27 since divisional play began in 1969.

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The Red Sox have played the SF Giants twice previously in the regular season—in 2004 in SF (when they went 1-2) and in 2007 in Boston (when they went 3-0).

Not that it means anything, but you DO know what happened in 2004 and 2007, don’t you?

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