Stat of the Day: Verdugo's lengthy AB

April 16th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Red Sox this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 15: Twins 4, Red Sox 3 -- Verdugo stands in vs. Rogers
Alex Verdugo's game-tying, three-run double to left in the top of the eighth inning on Thursday against Taylor Rogers marked the longest at-bat of his career against a lefty. Verdugo, a left-handed hitter, had three previous at-bats of 10 pitches or more, but all against righties. Since his arrival in Boston, he's proven that he's more than a platoon player, with a .297 average in 98 plate appearances against lefties. He's actually been better than that over his entire career, notching a .302/.339/.437 line against lefties. But he clearly has more power off righties, against whom he has belted 18 of his career 22 homers.

April 14: G1, Red Sox 3, Twins 2; G2, Red Sox 7, Twins 1 -- Starting pitching proving a strength
After Boston owned one of the worst rotations in the Majors last year, the starting five has consistently kept the team in games this season. During their nine-game winning streak, the Red Sox's starting rotation is 6-0 with a 3.19 ERA. The starters have gone five innings or more in 11 of the 12 games this season. The pitching staff has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine games.

April 13: Red Sox 4, Twins 2 -- Red Sox stay hot
The Red Sox are the first team since the 1991 Mariners to lose three or more games to start the season and then win at least seven games after. Those Mariners actually lost their first six games and then won their next eight.

When Boston started the season 0-3, there was panic that this would be a another season like 2020, when the club opened cold and never warmed up. But this team is turning into something entirely different, playing a well-balanced winning brand of baseball.

April 11: Red Sox 14, Orioles 9 -- Martinez chasing extra-base hit record
J.D. Martinez, showing no ill effects from the cold that kept him out of the lineup on Saturday, picked up right where he left off and then some upon his return Sunday. He hammered three homers as part of a 4-for-6 performance that included four runs and four RBIs. With at least one extra-base hit in his first eight games of the season, Martinez tied Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Sandy Alomar (1997) for the all-time record going back to 1901.

April 10: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4 -- Red-hot Red Sox
The Red Sox are the first team since the 2012 Braves to start the season 0-3 and follow up by winning their next five games. They are the first AL team to do it since the 2003 Blue Jays. During their winning streak, the Red Sox have come back to tie the game in the ninth inning twice. They have scored six runs or more in all five games during the streak.

April 8: Red Sox 7, Orioles 3 -- Martinez's streak puts him on top
After grinding through the 2020 season with atypical futility, J.D. Martinez couldn't have started '21 any better. Martinez bashed a double on Thursday, marking his seventh consecutive game with an extra-base hit to begin the season. No other Red Sox player has ever done that, and only four big leaguers have accomplished that feat since 1901 (Alex Rodriguez, 2007; Larry Walker and Phil Nevin, 2001; Ken Griffey Jr., 1997).

April 7: Red Sox 9, Rays 2 -- Vázquez coming in clutch
Christian Vázquez is habitually timely with his home run. By going deep for a two-run shot that snapped a 1-1 tie on Wednesday, it was Vázquez's 22nd of 42 career homers that have either tied the game or put the Red Sox ahead. Vázquez also set up Tuesday's thrilling comeback win in 12 innings by ripping a game-tying, solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.

April 6: Red Sox 6, Rays 5 -- J.D. chasing Big Papi
Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, J.D. Martinez is absolutely sizzling to start this season. Through five games, the DH is slashing .476/.522/1.000 with four runs, five doubles, two homers and nine RBIs. With two doubles, including the walk-off two-bagger that beat the Rays, 6-5, in the bottom of the 12th, Martinez became the first Red Sox player since David Ortiz in 2005 to have at least one extra-base hit in the first five games of the season. Ortiz ran his streak to six games, and Martinez will try to equal that on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale against the Rays.

April 5: Rays at Red Sox -- Fourth position for Marwin
Marwin Gonzalez made history on Monday night at Fenway Park, becoming the first Major Leaguer since 1900 to start the first four games of the season at four different positions. After starting Opening Day in left field, Gonzalez got the nod at second base on Saturday, third base on Sunday and then first base Monday night.

April 4: Orioles 11, Red Sox 3 -- Boston starts season 0-3
The Red Sox are off to an 0-3 start for the first time since 2012, when they finished in last place in the American League East. It's the 20th 0-3 start in club history, but it's Boston's first when starting the season at home since 1948. If you're looking for a positive sign, the '48 club regrouped nicely, winning 96 games and coming just one win away from getting to the World Series.

April 3: Orioles 4, Red Sox 2 -- Houck K's way toward top of Sox charts
Right-hander Tanner Houck's 29 strikeouts through his first four appearances ranks second in Red Sox history behind Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had 31 in his first four starts of 2007.

Houck, Boston's No. 7 prospect, continues to impress every time he takes the mound. He has struck out 34.1 percent of the first 85 Major League batters he has faced.

April 2: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 -- Bogaerts ties franchise record
Xander Bogaerts made his eighth consecutive Opening Day start for the Red Sox on Friday, matching Everett Scott (1914-21) for the club record at the position.