BACK ON TRACK: The Red Sox were off yesterday after defeating the Cubs 7-4 at Wrigley on Sunday to improve to 33-33…The win evened Boston’s record at .500 for the 1st time since after play on 6/8 (29-29)…A win tonight would put the Sox above .500 for the 1st time since 6/7 (29-28).
Boston has won its last 2 games and has taken 4 of its last 5 tilts following a 4-game losing streak…The Sox have lost 8 of their last 13 but are 10-9 in their last 19 contests.
MID-MAY RUN: The Red Sox have won 21 of their last 35 tilts (.600) since 5/11, 3rd-best in the AL in that time…All 14 losses during that span have been by 4 runs or less, including 1-run defeats 4 times and 2 runs or less on 7 occasions…Friday’s 3-0 loss was the 1st time the club has been shut out in that stretch.
Boston has outscored opponents 165-124 in its 35 games since 5/11…Club pitchers have a ML-best 1.18 WHIP in that time, with starters allowing 2 ER or less 21 times in the stretch and the bullpen posting a 2.42 ERA (25 ER/93.0 IP).
The Sox have won 8 of their last 12 series dating back to 5/10…They have lost just 3 sets in that time and tied 1.
THE TURN-AROUND: The Red Sox are 29-23 (.558) since 4/23, 5th in the AL in that time…Prior to that date, Boston was 28th among the 30 Major League teams with a 4-10 start.
IN THE STANDINGS: Boston is in 5th place in the AL East, 8.0 games behind the division-leading Yankees, its largest defi cit of the season…This is the latest into a calendar year that the Red Sox have stood in last place since September of 1997…The Sox have been in 4th or 5th place all year.
BACK AT HOME: The Sox begin a 9-day, 9-game homestand tonight with the 1st of 3 tilts against the Marlins…Boston will then host Atlanta (6/22-24) and Toronto (6/25-27). Despite losses in 6 of the club’s last 7 home tilts, Boston has won 10 of its last 18 games at Fenway Park (.556), tied for the 5th-best home record in the AL since 5/11…Over the 18-game stretch, the Sox have outscored opponents 89-64 and the staff has posted a 3.37 ERA (61 ER/163.0 IP), holding opponents to 2 runs or less 7 times and 1 run or less 5 times.
The Sox rank 3rd in the AL with an average of 5.09 runs per game at home this season (168 R/33 G)…They top the AL with 71 doubles (1st in ML) and 133 XBH at home.
CLAY MOLDING: Tonight’s starter Clay Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA (5 ER/31.0 IP) and 28 K’s in his last 4 starts…He has pitched at least 7.0 innings and allowed no more than 2 runs all 4 starts, his longest such career stretch.
FISH IN TOWN: The Red Sox tonight open a 3-game set against Miami at Fenway…The Sox last hosted the Marlins in 2009, winning 2 of 3 contests…The Sox have taken 9 of 15 all-time matchups with the Marlins at Fenway Park, outscoring the Fish 113-73 in those contests. Boston took 2 of the clubs’ 3 meetings last week (6/11-13) and has won all 8 series against the Marlins since dropping their 1st ever set in 1997 in Boston…The Sox 17-10 (.630) record in their all-time series with the Marlins.
CROWDED OUTFIELD: On Sunday Ryan Kalish became the 13th player to appear in the outfield for Boston this season, the most outfi elders used among any team this year and matching the club’s 2011 total…The Sox have had 7 different outfi elders on the DL this year while 6 ML teams have yet to use 7 players in the outfi eld all season…The Red Sox have employed 25 different outfi eld combos this year.
Boston has used 41 players this year, 2nd most in the Major Leagues to the Padres (45).
PAPI’S POP: David Ortiz leads the AL with 37 extra-base hits and ranks 2nd in the Majors behind CIN’s Joey Votto (40). Ortiz has 3 homers in his last 7 games and leads the team with 16 this year, tied for 7th in the AL…His 394 career long balls rank 53rd on baseball’s all-time list…He is 6 homers shy of 400 career, a mark reached by only 7 active players. Ortiz fi nished the road portion of Interleague play with 3 homers in 7 games at 1st base…He has averaged 8.89 AB/HR as a 1st baseman since 2005, tops at the position in the Majors in that span (min. 100 PA at 1st base).
CATCHING UP: Jarrod Saltalamacchia is tied for the ML lead among catchers this season with 12 homers and 24 extrabase hits…He tops AL catchers with a .538 SLG (min. 100 PA).