Red Sox offense on verge of slump? Numbers don’t lie

Jose Iglesias has struggled at the plate for the Red Sox, particularly in recent weeks. Credit: Getty Images
Jose Iglesias has struggled at the plate for the Red Sox, particularly in recent weeks. Credit: Getty Images

Even with how successful the Red Sox have been to this point in the season, there still are a few concerns, mostly about pitching, particularly in the bullpen with all the injuries they’ve endured. What has gone relatively unnoticed is that the Red Sox offense is starting to struggle, particularly against good teams.
At the start of the week the Red Sox led all of MLB in runs per game at 5.12, but looking further into things they have done the majority of that damage against teams below .500.

As of Tuesday, against teams with sub-.500 records, the Red Sox have averaged 5.87 runs per game, this compared to just 4.18 runs per game against teams over .500 – close to a two-run difference.

Their performances against good teams have gotten worse of late as in the month of July against teams over .500 they have only scored more than four runs once and average just 2.86 runs a game. Overall, they’ve been shutout three times in their last 12 games, which is definitely trending in the wrong direction.
The lack of runs of late can be attributed to several slumps by players, one being Dustin Pedroia. In the month of July the second baseman is hitting .243, almost 50 points below his previous month low of .292 in June. The same can be said for Jarrod Saltalamacchia as he hit .282 and .271 in May and June respectively, but is hitting just .233 with no home runs in July.


Finally, the biggest drop-off comes off the bat of Jose Iglesias who after his unbelievable start of hitting .438 through his first 32 games with the big league club, has come back to earth. This month the 23-year-old is hitting just .226, a full 169 points less than he hit in June.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, their starting rotation has made up for the lack of offensive production as Sox starters have allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of the club’s last 19 games.

As the month of July comes to a close, and the playoff races start to become more intense, the Sox need their bats to come alive like they did for the majority of the first half of the season as they cannot rely on their starters to pitch as well as they have and bail them out against good teams night after night.

Follow Red Sox beat writer Ryan Hannable on Twitter @hannable84


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

VIDEO: Police seek suspect in molotov cocktail attack…

Police released surveillance video on Wednesday in hopes of tracking down a man who threw a molotov cocktail inside a Brooklyn corner store.

Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

MLB

Jets 2014 regular season schedule

The Jets will play three prime-time games — against the Bears, Patriots and Dolphins — as well as a CBS national game in Week 2 at Green Bay.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."