ERA AWAY: Red Sox pitchers have a 3.82 ERA (181 ER/426.2 IP) on the road, 4th-best in the AL…Sox hurlers have limited foes to the lowest opponent SLG (.375) in the AL and an ML-low 381 hits in away games…The staff has also allowed the fewest road runs (195) and homers (43) in the AL.
CENTRAL STATION: Boston is 19-13 (.594) against the AL Central this season compared to a 36-44 mark (.450) against the rest of baseball…The Sox have dropped just 3 of 9 series against the AL Central.
- The Sox top AL offenses with 5.63 runs per game vs. AL Central clubs (174 R/31 G) and a .289 AVG (323-for-1,116).
- Tonight’s starter Felix Doubront is 5-0 with a 3.82 ERA (15 ER/35.1 IP) in 6 career starts against the AL Central, all this season…His 5 wins against the division are tied for the 3rd most in the Majors in 2012.
24 PLAYERS, 28 STINTS: With Vicente Padilla going on the 15-day disabled list yesterday (retro to 8/6) with right arm tightness, the Red Sox have now had 24 players land on the DL this season for 28 separate stints, both of which are the most by a Red Sox team since at least 1971…According to STATS, the 24 different players are the most by any team since at least 1987, and only 2 teams in the last 25 years have had more than 28 DL stints: the 2004 Rangers (29) and 2008 Nationals (30)…13 players who have been on the DL with the Sox this year are current or former All-Stars.