Stats & Info: Bobby Doerr

The story of the season has been Red Sox domination. It's the difference in the AL East race. With the Yankees traveling to Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox, it's time to break down how the season series has gone so far.

Here are some highlights about the head-to-head series:

• The Yankees will be trying to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series. That’s tied for the third-longest losing streak for the Yankees in the rivalry, behind only a nine-game streak from 2008-09 and a 17-game streak from 1911-12.

• The Yankee starters have struggled, with a 8.18 ERA in the nine games. The losers in the eight losses were mostly the pitchers upon whom they usually rely: Bartolo Colon (twice), CC Sabathia (3 times), Freddy Garcia (twice), A.J. Burnett (once).

• Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA vs the Red Sox this year (he’s 15-2 vs everyone else). In 2010, he was 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA, and in 2009, he was 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA.

• However, the Red Sox pitchers have held them to a .208 batting average with runners in scoring position. In three of the games, they failed to get a hit with runners in scoring position (0-3 on April 10, 0-10 on May 14, 0-7 on June 9), and in another game they got just one hit (1-7 on May 13).

• The Red Sox shut down the Yankee lefties (and when their switch-hitters hit lefty). Red Sox pitchers held Yankees left-handed batters to a .207 BA.

• Yankees were shut out twice in nine games; they have been shut out just three times otherwise.

Notable Yankees mediocrity:

Nick Swisher .188, 8 K
Brett Gardner .167, double and triple
Mark Teixeira .121 (4-33), 11 K, 0 XBH

Notable Red Sox standouts:

Dustin Pedroia: .500 (15-30), 4 doubles, 8 walks
Jacoby Ellsbury .371, 3 SB, 4 doubles
David Ortiz .324, 3 HR, 4 doubles, 9 RBI

• We should note that Pedroia was the AL Player of the Month for July. He led the Majors with 46 hits, the most hits for a Red Sox player during July of any season since 1939, when 3 future Hall of Famers each collected more: Bobby Doerr (52), Ted Williams (48) and Jimmie Foxx (47) (Elias). Pedroia also led Major Leaguers in total bases (81), tied for first in runs (27) and extra-base hits (18), and posted the second-best AVG in the ML at .411 (112 AB).

Derek Jeter: Return to Form?

• Derek Jeter has picked it up after getting his 3,000th hit on July 9. Jeter has four career five-hit games and two of them have come within the last four weeks. His numbers since July 10 are more in line with his career numbers.

The Setup Men: David Robertson and Daniel Bard

• David Robertson has better numbers vs opposite-handed batters (LHB) than same-handed batters (RHB) this year. His .169 BA vs LHB is fourth-best among AL RHP (min. 75 batters faced), while his 43 K vs LHB are the most among RHP relievers.

• He has yet to allow a run on the road in 20 appearances (21 1/3 IP).

• He has yet to allow a HR in 42 1/3 IP (most IP of any AL reliever who hasn’t allowed a HR yet this season).

• Opponents are 1-12 (.083) with 10 K with the bases loaded.

• Daniel Bard has been more effective vs righties this season. His .117 opponent BA vs RHB is the lowest among AL pitchers (min. 75 batters faced).

• Prior to allowing three runs in his last outing on August 1, Bard had made 25 straight scoreless appearances (since May 27), spanning 26 1/3 IP. During the streak, opponents hit .125 vs him, and RHB were 3-40 (.075).

• It was the most consecutive scoreless outings in Red Sox history. It was the longest streak of scoreless IP in a single season by a Red Sox pitcher since Bob Stanley had a 27-inning streak in 1980.

• Yankees are 1-14 (.071) against him this season.

• His opponent BA w/RISP of .133 is fifth-best in AL (min. 50 batters faced).

• He’s pitched on zero days rest 18 times, tied for the most in the AL.

Wednesday's 1st pitch: A-Rod meets Lackey

April, 7, 2010
Today’s Trivia: Happy 92nd birthday to Bobby Doerr, the oldest living player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Who was the only American League player with more hits than Doerr in the 1940s?

Key Matchups -- Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in eight straight at-bats against Luke Hochevar, whom he faces tonight in Kansas City. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is tied for the longest active streak of hits in consecutive at-bats against a pitcher. Also eight for their last eight are: Mark Grudzielanek against Nate Robertson, Andruw Jones against Jason Marquis, and Miguel Olivo against Billy Wagner.

John Lackey gets his introduction to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry Wednesday, and there is one Yankee in particular who probably wishes he’d go back to Anaheim. Alex Rodriguez is a .176 career hitter against Lackey, his worst batting average against anyone he has faced 50 times. He is just one for his last 22 against Lackey, including 11 strikeouts. A-Rod has 1,739 strikeouts in his career, but no pitcher is responsible for more of them than Lackey. The two have faced each other 61 times. Rodriguez has struck out 23 times.

Today’s Leaderboards-- Max Scherzer, a Missouri alum, makes his Tigers debut in Kansas City. While his stuff is not in question, it remains to be seen how efficiently Scherzer can pitch. Last season, he averaged 18.0 pitches per inning, most among MLB starters. Clayton Kershaw, who also starts today, was second at 17.7.

Like Scherzer, Rich Harden is debuting for his new AL team and looking to prove that he can go deeper into games. He averaged 17.7 pitches per inning last season, but did not have the innings to qualify in that category. Interestingly, part of the reason for Harden’s inefficiency is the fact that no one can make contact against him. Last season, 33.9 percent of swings against Harden were swings and misses. That ranked him among closers like Jonathan Broxton and Joe Nathan, and was far above any other starter.

Trivia Answer: In a decade in which many players, including Doerr, missed significant time while serving in the military, Lou Boudreau played all 10 seasons and finished with an MLB-best 1,578 hits. Boudreau’s arthritic ankles led to him being classified as ineligible for military service.