This week’s obscure but telling facts from statistician Chuck Waseleski of Millers Falls (through Friday):
141 of 278
Red Sox pitchers have struck out 141 of the 278 opposing batters on which they have gotten two strikes.
84 of 129
Red Sox pitchers have retired the leadoff batter in 84 of 129 innings. They have combined for a 1.32 ERA when the leadoff batter is retired, 5.49 when the leadoff batter reaches base.
Opposing batters have hit .209 against Red Sox pitchers when their first pitch is a strike. They are batting .205 with two or more runners on base.
Mike Napoli is batting .375 with two or more runners on base.