Breaking down homestand of horrors

May 22, 2014 - 5:01 pm
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It was a historically horrific homestand for the Red Sox. For the first time since June 10-15, 1994, the Red Sox went through an entire stay of six or more games at Fenway without a single victory. Toronto's 7-2 blowout victory on Thursday concluded a stretch in which the Tigers and Blue Jays rolled the Sox, with Boston getting outscored by a  cumulative 33-13 count -- losing by an average margin of 3.3 runs per game. The Sox, quite simply, look bad. "Both teams were better than us," Dustin Pedroia said of the back-to-back three game sweeps against a pair of first-place teams. "They out-hit us, outpitched us, played better 'D,' so you're going to lose when you do that." "We'€™re in a stretch of games here where we'€™re giving up too many runs early and we'€™re scuffling to score runs. That'€™s a dangerous combination right now," added Sox manager John Farrell. "Everyone in our uniform is aware of what'€™s taking place currently. We have to remain positive in our daily work and our approach. The guy that takes the mound tomorrow night, John Lackey, we'€™re going to look to him to set the tone and stabilize things." Few have been offering a stabilizing buoy for a ship that is taking on water rapidly. Here are some of the statistical markers of collective futility from the Red Sox' homestand: OVERALL Record: 0-6, longest winless homestand by the Red Sox since June 10-15, 1994 (when the Orioles and Twins did the honors) Standings: Red Sox are a season-low six games under .500, and five games behind the division-leading Blue Jays Quote: "We like playing here. We just haven't played good here." -- Pedroia STARTING PITCHING Quality starts: 0 Average starter's innings: 5 1/3 ERA: 7.76 Number of starts with 5+ runs allowed: 5 HR allowed: 8 in 31 1/3 innings Quotes: "You've got to look at the beast against you, too. The Tigers and Toronto are no slouches. Nor is any other team, but we just happened to run into two hot teams that can really hit and we didn't execute as well as we can. Great starting rotations go through it, too. It's just a little bump in the road. There's a lot of games left. We just have to pick up our team the way that we can. We've been doing it for a long time. There's a sense of urgency to get us back on track, but by no means is there a state of panic. They're all healthy except for [Felix Doubront], who bumped his arm into a door, but other than that, the guys, they know -- they know where we're at, but I have complete confidence in them." -- Juan Nieves "It starts with the guys that begin the game on the mound. We'€™ve got to set the tone with our rotation. We'€™ve got to keep an opposing offense in check to give us some opportunities to capitalize on. that'€™s not happening through these last seven games, obviously." -- Farrell OFFENSE Total runs: 13 Runs per game: 2.2 Consecutive games with 4 or fewer runs during homestand: 6 Consecutive games with 4 or fewer runs at home overall: 9 (longest streak since 1968) Walks: 14 Average: .228 OBP: .295 Slugging: .332 HRs: 4 Quote: "It's like a disease going around. Nobody's really doing much. We're going to need to go back in and try to do something, something different." -- David Ortiz

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