Monday, April 21, 2008

Three weeks of numbers

Heading into this morning's Patriots' Day tilt with the Rangers, the Sox the sit at 13-7, tied for the most wins in the baseball with the 13-5 Arizona Diamondbacks. Having won four in a row and eight of their last nine, the Sox have made it through what was thought to be a difficult early-season schedule in pretty great shape. The offensive production has been plentiful and timely. Four games last week were won with late-inning rallies. The pitching, on the other hand, has left a lot to be desired. Here is how the Sox rank in several statistical categories:

3rd in runs (104)
1st in on-base percentage (.367)
1st in batting average (.295)
2nd in total bases (304)
6th in slugging (.446)
16th in home runs (18)
3rd in doubles (41)
10th in walks (73)
27th in runs allowed (97)
15th in hits allowed (163)
2nd in strikeouts (143)
29th in walks allowed (87)
24th in home runs allowed (20)

Beginning Tuesday, a three game set with the 12-8 Los Angeles Angels, who are second the Sox in average (.293) and lead the league in total bases (305).

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