Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 20, 2010
By most accounts, the 2010 Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a poor start this year.
So, how many times, since 1952, have the Red Sox lost 8+ of their first 13 games in a season? Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Game Finder, we can look at these types of things by asking for:
From 1952 to 2010, Playing for BOS, Team Lost, as Starter, In team's first 13 games, sorted by greatest Performances matching selected criteria by a Team
Here's the list of Bosox teams, since 1952, with 8+ losses in their first 13 games:
Therfore, Boston fans, while this start in 2010 ain't great, it isn't as bad as the Sox start in 1996 - that's for sure.
But, on the somewhat negative-side, no Boston Red Sox team since 1952 has lost 9+ of it's first 13 games of a season and then went on to win more than 86 games that year.
Of course, the book on 2010 hasn't been finished yet - and there's always a chance to break that "record."