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Nuggetpalooza: Red Sox stat notes

06.19.12 at 9:43 am ET
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Sputtering and streaking with the Red Sox:

* – Boston has lost their last five interleague games at Fenway Park (their last two in 2011 against the Padres and three this season against Washington), one shy of their longest such streak since the start of interleague play, set in 1997-1998. The longest home interleague losing streak ever is 10, done three different times, most recently by the Rockies (a streak that is still intact but their home interleague schedule is completed for this season).

* – The Red Sox have allowed four runs or fewer in their last eight games, their longest such streak in interleague play ever. They are 4-4 in those games. Since the beginning of interleague play, the Red Sox are the 38th team in the majors to put together such a streak of eight games or more (the 2004 Mariners did it 14 games in a row), but they are the only one of those 38 that has not won more than they’ve lost during the streak. The other 37 went a combined 268-78 (.774) during their streaks.

Note this: Boston’s previous longest such streak in interleague play was seven games in 2002, and they went just 3-4 that time as well.

* – You know that streak I’ve mentioned where no Boston starter has struck out 10 or more batters in any of the last 87 games? Well, they’re knocking on the door. Red Sox starters have struck out eight or nine batters in six of the team’s last eight games. In the first 79 games of this stretch, they had only five starts with eight or nine strikeouts.

* – The last time the Red Sox hit multiple home runs in a game was back on May 30th, 16 games ago. That’s the Red Sox’ longest such streak since 2001 (17 games). They haven’t gone more than 17 games without hitting two or more home runs in the last 20 years.

Note this: The Padres have not hit multiple home runs in an interleague game since June 24, 2010, an active streak of 26 games. The all-time longest such interleague streak is 27 games, set by the A’s from 2010-2011.

* – Tonight’s opponent, the Marlins, have been shut out in three of their last five interleague road games. Prior to that stretch, they were shut out in three of their previous 55 road interleague games.

* – Since the start of last season, the Red Sox have allowed an average of 6.8 runs per game in the first game of a homestand (16 games). In all other home games in that span, they’ve allowed an average of 4.8 runs.

Note this: Fortunately, the Red Sox hitters have enjoyed getting back to Fenway as during those game 16 homestand openers they’ve scored an average of 7.2 runs in those games, which is why Boston was able to win seven.

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