With this month nearly in the books, and a long way still to go, there are some statistics worth looking at when comparing the last two Aprils. The biggest difference is in the standings. Last year at this time the Red Sox were atop the American League East with a record of 18-8. Today, they are 12-14 and in fourth place. While they have won the same amount of games on the road, (this year vs. last year) with seven, in 2013 they were 11-5 at Fenway Park, while this year they are 5-8. At the plate, in April of 2013 they batted .271, which was the second best average in the league. This year, they are hitting .241, which is only better than three other teams. With the drop in average has also come a drop in runs, which is substantial. Last year at this point they were third in the league with 135 runs. Today, they are in the middle of the pack with 104 runs scored. Another glaring difference is in stolen bases. Last year in April, they Sox swiped 22 bases, this month only 9. One major difference in the drop in runs scored and stolen bases from year to year is the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury. He had half of April’s stolen base total in 2013 with 11 out of 22. Right now, the leader on the Red Sox in that category is his replacement in center field, Jackie Bradley Jr., with 3.
On the mound, there is an increase in the team’s ERA from 3.50 last April to 3.90 this year. A more glaring increase, though, is in hits allowed. This year there is more than a 30% month-to-month than last year, with 253 hits allowed so far compared to 191 last year. There’s an increase in runs allowed as well, with 120 this April versus 97 last year at this point. Earned runs jumped from 92 to 102 year to year as well. What does all this mean? Who knows! Statistics can sometimes tell quite a bit, but the real story is in the standings. Last year at this time the Red Sox were high atop the AL East, while this year they are in 4th place, but as was stated at the top…there’s a long time to go.