About “My” 2014 Boston Red Sox

How come when a sports team you like is doing badly your friends and colleagues refer to them as “your” team, but when they’re doing well they become “our” team (or even “their” team)?
With my friends and colleagues asking me why “my” Red Sox stink I figured now might be a good time to see just how bad the stink really is: So, courtesy of those great statisticians at Baseball-Reference.com I decided to compare the cumulative winning percentage of the Red Sox championship seasons – 2004, ’07, and ’13 – to their 2014 Season so far.
Unfortunately, for die hard Sox fans it’s pretty much what you’ve feared:
(Should be a nice chart right here!)

(as usual, click to embiggen)

Three things struck me about these results. First, how the Red Sox took different paths on their way to winning their three recent Championships: 2004′s prolonged slump during midseason, 2007′s dominance before the All Star Break, and 2013′s steady, consistent play despite fielding nine (?) free agents.
Second, that each of those three winning seasons started strong (look closely to see the ’04 and ’07 seasons started exactly the same through 10 games) – it’s a strength sorely lacking from the 2014 team, who as I write this are at .500 ball for the first time this season. While there are some recent bright spots – Middlebrooks’ return and Capuano’s excellent relief being two – the Sox starting pitching is having their post-All Star Break meltdown early, and their timely hitting of the 2013 post season has been rarely seen.
It’s too early to count the Sox out just yet – after all, they’ve come back from 3-0 with one strike left (twice!) against the Yankees in 2004, 3-1 against Cleveland in 2007, and against lights-out pitching by Detroit and St. Louis in 2013.
Besides (and, thirdly), the trend line appears to be moving in the proper direction – maybe the Sox will surprise us with a fourth path to becoming World Champions.
Thanks for reading!
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