The Boston Red Sox lead the major leagues in runs allowed, after giving up 26 runs to the Detroit Tigers in their three game series. The Tigers jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then the Red Sox took a 7-5 lead in the top of the third inning. The Tigers came back to tie it 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Red Sox scored two more to take a 9-7 lead in the sixth inning.
Red Sox extended their lead to 10-7 in the top of the ninth, but Tigers tied it 10-10 in the bottom of the frame. The Red Sox regained the lead 12-10 in the top of the eleventh inning, but the Tigers tallied three runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game 13-12.
Clay Buchholz started the game for the Red Sox and his ERA stood at 15.75 when he left the game. Alfredo Aceves has an ERA of infinity after yesterday’s game and Mark Melancon is 0-2 with a 36.00 ERA. Melancon seems to be having problems adjusting to pitching for Boston, after pitching in Houston where the Astros were never in the race, so never pitched in a real pressure situation in 2011.
Josh Beckett Hammered For 5 HR’s
Josh Beckett was hammered for five home runs on Saturday and left after 4.2 innings with a 13.50 ERA. Beckett who had dominated during spring training, reminded us of how unimportant spring training stats are.
Jon Lester had opened the season for Red Sox on Thursday pitching 7.1 innings, while allowing only one run. Starting with that game the Red Sox have allowed 3, 10 and 13 runs in their last three games.
Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront in the fourth and fifth starting slots have a total of three major league starts between them with Bard facing the Blue Jays tonight in his first major league start.
It is no surprise that the Red Sox have the worst ERA in the majors with a 8.33 mark, which is two more runs per 9 innings than second worst Milwaukee Brewers with a 6.33 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles have posted the lowest ERA with a 1.00 mark with 3 earned runs allowed in 27 innings.