Comments on: Too Late For Boston To Win 90? This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: DoubleDiamond Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:03:14 +0000 Looks like they'll need to bring in Neil Diamond to lead the crowd in "Sweet Caroline" for the rest of the home schedule. After all, they did win on Opening Night when he did this.

By: DavidRF Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:53:14 +0000 @5
Its just a fun study. Everyone knows the Red Sox are better than this "on paper" and have the means to improve themselves in midseason if necessary. It just interesting to see how other Red Sox teams have started over the years. Nothing "scientific" about it, in my opinion.

Unfortunately, the tools in the frivolities section are not meant to handle 30 franchises * 100+ years of game log streaks. Too much data I guess. It can only do all teams within a single season. Going back year by year here are the worst starts by teams that eventually made the playoffs:

2007-PHI: 3-10 (won division, but only 89W)
2001-OAK: 3-10 (wild card, 102 Wins)
2000-SFG: 4-9 (won division, 97 wins)
1991-MIN: 4-9 (won division, 95 wins)

... and then you have to go back to 1981 when a couple of teams had bad starts, but they had the split season that year.

By: Kelly Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:57:38 +0000 Why would you limit your study to past Red Sox teams? The relevance of the 1903 Red Sox to the 2010 Red Sox is exactly zero. (If you're going to include irrelevant teams, then why not include the Braves and the UA team, at least that would improve your sample size 🙂

I would say the probability of this team playing .577 ball from here on out is between 40% and 50%. Don't forget Dice-K is coming back, and Youkilis, Drew and Lester are all off to horrible starts (not to mention Ortiz, but there's no reason to think his season is going to improve markedly). Also 9 of their first 12 games were against really good teams; let's see how they look May 3 after a nine game stand with the Orioles and Blue Jays.

I hate the Sox so I'd love to see them lost half their games and be eliminated from the playoffs by Labor Day. But it ain't gonna happen.

By: Andy Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:56:36 +0000 A problem for Boston is that they've lost a bunch of home games already. However they have also had a brutally difficult group of opponents so far.

By: Steve Lombardi Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:43:24 +0000 Good find David.

By: BCC Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:42:51 +0000 I don't quit on the Sox until they are mathematically eliminated.

That said, I'll take an early dog rather than the traditional fast start followed by an August swoon. It'll save me a lot of time and mental energy.

By: DavidRF Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:18:20 +0000 This information is also available in this site outside the Play Index without the 1952 cutoff restrictions.

You can go to More->Frivolities->Team Game Log Reports->Streak Reports

Click on the franchise, Select "All Years" and check "From the beginning of the season only".

Here's the result for Boston:

A quirk here is that "BOS" includes both the NA and UA versions of the franchise which dominate the top of the list but there are only 5+1 NA+UA seasons so they are not too difficult to filter out visually.

The worst start ever by a 90-win Red Sox team was 4-7-2 in 1914. Discounting ties, the worst 13-decision starts by 90-win Red Sox teams were 1914 and 1977 at 5-8. The worst start by a playoff Red Sox team 6-7 by the 1903 team that won the very first World Series.

Incidentally, Boston's other team in 1914 -- the Miracle Braves - started off 3-10 and won the World Series.