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Interleague Play and the Red Sox
by ASA - 06/30/2011
Looking at Interleague play and in particular the Red Sox when they are on the road we have found some interesting numbers you might be interested in. The high powered Red Sox are averaging 5.2 runs per game on the season (2nd best in MLB) but just 2.0 in NL parks through five interleague road games.
Boston is 1-4 in those five games with the finale in Philadelphia this afternoon and a 3-game set at Houston this weekend. On Friday the Sox could have a tough time scoring again when they face Bud Norris. Norris had an ERA of just 2.35 at home and 2.53 in the month of June. Saturday and Sunday could be the best opportunities for Boston to score some runs as Happ and Lyles are nothing special and have ERA's over 4.75.
Boston leads Major League Baseball a .274 team batting average but is hitting just .208 in NL parks. Is losing the DH a possible factor? Yes, but they have also faced some very good pitching. Pittsburgh's staff is very underrated and Philadelphia obviously has one of the best starting staffs in the Bigs.
Boston attempted radical move on Wednesday by moving first basemen Adrian Gonzalez to right field in an effort to DH David Ortiz into the lineup at 1B. It didn't work out as they expected as Gonzalez was 1 for 4 with a single, Ortiz went 0-4 and the Red Sox lost 2-1 with the only RBI coming from starting pitcher John Lackey.
Examining Interleague play as a whole, after early AL success, the NL has made up ground in the last few days (19-15 straight up the last three days). Overall the AL leads 103-99 in Interleague action with the final set of games wrapping up this weekend.