Stat of the Day: Devers hits when it counts

May 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.

May 16: Angels 6, Red Sox 5 -- Devers' big blast
If not for the blown lead in the top of the ninth, Rafael Devers would have been the story at Fenway. The slugger pummeled his 11th homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth, a three-run shot to right, that gave the Sox a 5-4 lead in a game they once trailed, 4-0. Devers leads the Majors in game-tying or go-ahead RBIs this season with 15.

May 15: Red Sox 9, Angels 0 -- It's a new year
It took the Red Sox just 41 games to win their 25th game of the season, which gives them one more victory than they had in the 60-game season of 2020. Thus far, the '21 Sox have had zero resemblance to their '20 predecessors. After finishing in last place a year ago, the Sox have been in sole possession of first place in the American League East for 36 consecutive days.

May 14: Red Sox 4, Angels 3 -- Keeping it in the park
In what has been a surprisingly strong season so far for the Red Sox, the starting pitching has been the difference. Boston's starters are keeping run totals down by keeping the opposition in the ballpark. In the past 19 games, the starters have allowed just seven homers in 107 2/3 innings and have an ERA of 3.51.

May 13: Red Sox 8, Athletics 1 -- Exit velocity on point
After scoring an aggregate eight runs in their previous four games -- three of them losses -- the Red Sox matched that total in the series finale. The Sox piled up those eight runs while having seven hits on batted balls with an exit velocity greater than 105 mph in the first three innings, the most such hits within the first three innings of a game in 2021. No other team entered play with more than four in the first three innings of a game.

May 12: Athletics 4, Red Sox 1 -- From red-hot to ice cold
After scoring 45 runs over a five-game span from May 4-8, the Red Sox have followed that up by scoring just eight runs in their last four games. As the offense goes, so go the Red Sox. The team is 19-2 this season when scoring four or more runs and 3-14 when scoring fewer than four runs.

May 11: Athletics 3, Red Sox 2 -- Eovaldi's homerless streak
Eovaldi has had his ups and downs so far this season, but one thing is constant: He's keeping the ball in the yard. The Red Sox right-hander has not allowed a home run since Sept. 12, 2020 (against Tampa Bay's Austin Meadows), which means he's been homer-free for 58 frames. Eovaldi's 45 homerless innings to begin 2021 is also the third most to start a season in the past 25 years of Red Sox history, behind only Pedro Martinez in 2001 (55 innings) and Derek Lowe in 2002 (88 1/3 innings).

May 10: Orioles 4, Red Sox 1 -- Pérez continues to lack support
Martín Pérez is now winless through seven starts in 2021, but the blame doesn't solely belong to him. Pérez has received 3.4 runs of support per game from his offense, compared to the 5.7 runs per game for the other starters. The Red Sox have scored more runs than any other team in the Majors (188), but they haven't seemed to get their bats working when Pérez is on the mound.

May 9: Red Sox 4, Orioles 3 -- Renfroe leading offense in May
With his third homer of May, Hunter Renfroe drove in his team-leading ninth run of the month. It was the second-hardest-hit ball of the game with an exit velocity of 113.1 mph, and it traveled a Statcast-projected distance of 453 feet.

May 8: Red Sox 11, Orioles 6 -- Double-digit dominance
The Red Sox are tied with the Reds for the most double-digit scoring games in the Majors this season. Alex Verdugo, J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have sparked the offense all season, as all four players have an OPS of .850 or above.

May 7: Red Sox 6, Orioles 2 -- Another five-inning stint for E-Rod
Though Eduardo Rodriguez wasn't spectacular, he got the job done, pitching five innings and allowing one run to improve to 5-0. Though Rodriguez prefers to pitch deeper into games, the five innings were significant. Rodriguez has gone at least five in his past 34 starts dating back to May 4, 2019, which gives him the second-longest active streak in the Majors behind Indians ace Shane Bieber, who has gone 39 straight starts of five innings or more. The Red Sox are 27-7 during those games.

May 6: Red Sox 12, Tigers 9 -- Verdugo's on-base streak
Invaluable Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo extended his career-best on-base streak to 24 games, the longest such streak in the Majors this season. During that stretch, he is hitting .351 with a .981 OPS.

May 5: Tigers 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings) -- Double-digit K's record
Four Boston pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts against the Tigers on Wednesday, marking the ninth consecutive game Red Sox pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters, setting a new club record. The previous record of eight took place from Sept. 3-12, 2017.

May 4: Red Sox 11, Tigers 7 -- Barnes delivers again
No player has been more valuable for the Red Sox early in the season than closer Matt Barnes. After earning the American League Reliever of the Month honors for April, Barnes is off to a flying start in May. Not only was this his first five-out save, but he had only one previous save of at least four outs, and that was in 2019. Barnes is 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season. Barnes becomes the first Red Sox closer to record a save of five or more outs on 16 pitches or fewer since Jonathan Papelbon on July 21, 2008.

May 2: Rangers 5, Red Sox 3 -- Starters set up Sox for success
The American League East-leading Red Sox are performing above expectations this season due in large part to the consistency of the starting rotation. Sox starters have allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of the last seven games, nine of the last 12 and 22 of 29 this season. Boston's starting pitcher has gone at least five innings in all but six games this season.

May 1: Rangers 8, Red Sox 6 -- Vázquez joins 500 club
Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez played in his 500th career game in Saturday's loss to the Rangers. In so doing, Vázquez became the 10th player in Red Sox history whose primary position is catcher to appear in that many games for Boston. By the end of the season, Vázquez should pass Rick Ferrell, Bob Tillman and Tony Peña and move into seventh place for most games by a Red Sox catcher.