Games 49 & 50 - Red Sox
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 3
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3
You might think I'd be annoyed that the Sox have lost 4 of 5 to fall out of first place. Well, how 'bout that? You're a freaking genius. What gave it away, the pissy grimace after Brad Penny gave up a homer to Adam Lind? The quick turning off of the radio when J.D. Drew grounded out to the pitcher to end the game? Maybe the rueful headshake/mouth pursing when Ramon Ramirez decided to finally show that he might be human? In any case, congratulations - you're a perceptive and highly-evolved man (or woman) of the world.
In 27 road contests this year, the Sox have scored 114 runs, just over 4 a contest. That's mediocre, nearing the exit to abysmal. In their 23 home games, they've averaged 6.3 tallies. Consequently, the Sox are 17-6 in Fenway, 11-16 everywhere else. Most teams play better at home than on the road, but the size of this early-season discrepancy is cause for at least a smidge of alarm.
Sure is better to focus on that than the designated hitter's .581 OPS. Or the identity of the team that's currently in first place.