STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games, on the heels of a 6-game win streak from 6/29-7/4.
>>> At 52-42, the Red Sox own the 2nd-best record in the AL and the 6th-best record in the majors.
>>> The Sox are 2 games behind their 2016 pace (54-40); last year’s squad lost 5 of its next 6 contests to fall to 55-45 through 100 games.
GOOD LUCK CHARM: The Red Sox are 4-0 in Brian Johnson’s starts this season, having scored 5+ runs in each of those games…On 5/27 vs. SEA, Johnson became the 1st Red Sox pitcher to throw a 9.0-inning shutout in a Fenway Park debut since Pedro Martinez in 1998.
PITCHING IN: The Red Sox lead the AL and rank 3rd in the majors in ERA (3.72)…In their last 19 games since 6/26, the Sox have posted a 2.83 ERA, the lowest mark in the AL and 2nd-lowest in MLB behind only the Dodgers (2.26).
>>> Red Sox starting pitchers have allowed only 4 ER in the club’s last 4 games (27.0 IP, 1.33 ERA)…They lead the AL with a 2.91 ERA since 6/20 (49 ER/151.1 IP) and have a 2.53 ERA in July (25 ER/89.0 IP).
>>> The Sox’ bullpen ranks 3rd in the majors in ERA (3.00) behind only CLE (2.89) and LAD (2.94)…Sox relievers have a 2.21 ERA at home (36 ER/146.1 IP), including a 1.61 mark since 6/1 (11 ER/61.2 IP).
HEART & HUSTLE: The MLB Players Alumni Association today announced Rick Porcello as the Red Sox’ 2017 Heart and Hustle Award winner, given to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.
>>> 1 player from each of the 30 clubs is recognized as a Heart and Hustle Award recipient, with 1 overall winner to be announced on 11/14 at the 18th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.
LEAD THE WAY: Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in each of his last 6 games and has recorded multiple hits in 15 of his last 30 contests…He was batting .242 through 4/27, but in 59 games since 4/28 he has hit .326 (75-for-230, 31 BB).
>>> Pedroia is 11 for his last 21 with RISP, including 3-for-3 since the All-Star break…Going back to 8/9/16, he has hit .430 (49-for-114) with RISP, the highest mark in the majors in that time (min. 75 AB with RISP).