June 4, 2011


If you think the Red Sox are squandering more chances to score runs than usual this year, you are correct.

Gary Marbry (Nuggetpalooza) wrote recently:
Through Sunday [May 29], the Red Sox led the American League in "squanders" (three or more baserunners in an inning but no RBI) with 16:
16 – Red Sox
14 – Angels
13 – Blue Jays
[Cleveland has] just four squanders this season, one since April 21. ...

So far this season, the Red Sox have had a runner on third base with less than two outs 139 times, and they've scored him just 39 percent of the time, the lowest percentage in the majors:
39% – Red Sox 43% – Mets 46% – Braves
[Cleveland] (61 percent) lead[s] the majors in this category, one year after posting the worst mark in the league (44 percent). One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the Red Sox' 139 opportunities is the most in the majors.

Among individuals, David Ortiz (15 percent; 3-of-15) and Kevin Youkilis (25 percent; 4-of-16) rank worst and second worst in the majors (min. 15 opportunities). ... Leading the majors is Philadelphia's Placido Polanco, who has successfully driven in 12 of the 16 runners from third with less than two outs (75 percent). Honorable mention goes to Seattle's Brendan Ryan, who is 12-of-12 but doesn't meet the minimum.


laura k said...

Guess I have to stop saying we don't know if this is true, it might be our frustration speaking, blah blah blah.

Michael Holloway said...


Sounds like a word from a Monty Python movie,

'Squander-ers, f*cking squander-ers'.