April Tidbits and the Year of the Whiff

Despite last night’s loss, the Sox had a fine April.

Here are some April Red Sox tidbits:

Red Sox Batting in April:

Mike Napoli had the third best RBI month in team history (27), just behind Manny Ramirez’s 31 in 2001 and Mo Vaughn’s 28 in 1996.

Napoli set a team record for doubles with 13.

Napoli also set the team record for strikeouts in a month with 40. Will Middlebrooks was second all-time with 32 and Jarrod Saltalmacchia was tied for seventh all-time with 27. It was a big K month for the Red Sox.

As you could probably guess, the above indicates that the 2013 Red Sox easily broke their record for batting strikeouts in April. In fact, they shattered the record. The 2013 version of the Sox had 232 strikeouts, second place was the 2011 Sox with 185.

Can we say that 2013 will be the year of the strikeout? See below for more strikeout info in the pitching and MLB tidbits sections for further convincing.

The 2013 Red Sox tied for the second most team doubles with 58. The record is 71 by the 2003 team.

The press reported during the Spring about how aggressive the 2013 Red Sox will be on the bases. April seems to prove that point. The Red Sox set a team record for stolen bases for the month with 22. Second place was the 2008 team with 20.

Red Sox Pitching in April:

Most team strikeouts ever with 255 for the month. Second place was the 2008 Red Sox with 213.

Clay Buchholz had the third best April ERA of all time (4 or more games started) – 1.19. Behind first place 1991 Roger Clemens (0.28) and  second place 1971 Sonny Siebert (1.15).

Ryan Dempster had the seventh best April in strikeouts with 43. Buchholz was thirteenth in April strikeouts with 39. The top five:

  • 1988 Clemens 60
  • 1998 Pedro 57
  • 2001 Pedro 54
  • 2000 Pedro 50
  • 1999 Pedro 48

Other MLB April tidbits:

The Houston Astros had the most team strikeouts ever in April with 267 (second place is the 2013 Atlanta Braves with 243). The 2013 season saw nine of the top twenty teams all-time in strikeouts for April:

  • 1. Houston (267)
  • 2. Atlanta (243)
  • 5. Boston (232)
  • 7. Seattle (229)
  • 9. Cincinnati (226)
  • 11. Pittsburgh (224)
  • 12. LA Angels (219)
  • 15. Toronto (217)
  • 17. Chicago White Sox (215)

Not surprising, there are five players from the 2013 season in the top ten for strikeouts in April, including the new record holder and top three:

  • 1. Chris Carter 46
  • 2. Jay Bruce 40
  • 3. Mike Napoli 40
  • tied for 5th – Colby Rasmus 38
  • 9. JP Arencibia 37

When you swing and miss sometimes you connect and Justin Upton (who only struck out 26 times in April) tied for the fifth most home runs in April with 12. Albert Pujols in 2006 and Alex Rodriguez in 2007 share the April home run record with 14.

Where there are batters striking out there are pitchers getting the strikeouts. The 2013 Sox set the April record for pitching strikeouts with 248. There are 9 2013 teams in the top 20:

  • 1. Red Sox 255
  • 2. Detroit 252
  • 5. Cincinnati 234
  • 7. San Francisco 227
  • 8. Seattle 225
  • 13. LA Dodgers 220
  • 15. NYY 217
  • 17. Arizona 216
  • 18. St. Louis 216

Feel the breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

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