Lundblad: Sox offense on tear during streak

June, 13, 2011
6/13/11
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With Sunday’s 14-1 demoralization of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox have won nine straight for the first time since April 2009. It’s a stretch powered by historic offensive success.

During their current nine-game win streak, the Red Sox have amassed 83 runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is tied for the third most runs over the first nine games of a win streak in the past 50 years. The A’s put up 95 runs during a nine-game win streak in 2000.

Over those nine games, the Red Sox are hitting .329 with 50 extra-base hits and a .966 OPS. That’s caused a team batting average jump from .267 to .276. Perhaps more impressively, Boston is hitting .373 with runners in scoring position during this stretch. That’s sent their season average soaring from .239 to .262.

The past six wins have all come on the road, and were powered by 60 runs. That’s the most scored by the Red Sox over six consecutive wins on the road since 1950 when they put up 65, culminating in s 22-14 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.

Boston’s 60 runs over their past six road games are eight more than they scored in 15 road games in April. The Red Sox scored 30 runs in their last two games in Toronto. Consider that it took 11 road games in April before Boston had 30 runs.

Overall, it’s the kind of stretch that gives the servers over at the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index a rather extensive workout.

Prior to this season, no team had won back-to-back games with 14 or more runs since the 2008 Phillies. The Red Sox have now done so twice in 2011, previously pulling it off on May 25 and 26 against the Indians and Tigers.

It’s the first time in the live-ball era that the Red Sox have done that twice in a season. The last team to pull it off was the 1999 Phillies.

On Sunday, the Red Sox completed back-to-back 17-hit performances for the first time since July 1998. Looking ahead to Tuesday, the Red Sox have only had 17 hits in three straight games once during the live-ball era (since 1920). That came in September 1938 with an offense led by Jimmie Foxx.

This is just the second time in the live-ball era that the Red Sox have had back-to-back road games with 14 runs and 17 hits. The other came in June 1988. Only one team (the 1928 Pirates) has done that in three straight games on the road.

Quick Hits
-- Adrian Gonzalez has at least one RBI in nine-straight games. He’s just the fourth Red Sox hitter to do that over the past 50 seasons, joining Manny Ramirez (2002), Dwight Evans (1989) and Butch Hobson (1978), all of whom did so in ten consecutive games.

-- A fun one from ESPN Stats & Information’s Jason McCallum: J.D. Drew went 0-5 with four strikeouts Sunday. The last position player to go hitless with four strikeouts in a game where his team scored 14 runs? J.D. Drew in 2005 for the Dodgers.

-- Marco Scutaro has hit safely in nine straight games, matching his longest streak in Boston. That’s most noteworthy because he missed 26 games in the middle of that stretch.

-- For just the third time in his career, David Ortiz has had back-to-back road games with a home run and at least three RBI.

-- Just how productive has the Red Sox offense been in June? Jacoby Ellsbury leading the AL with 13 runs. David Ortiz is next with 12, followed by Adrian Gonzalez with 11.

Jeremy Lundblad

ESPN Stats and Information

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