For Red Sox, Hits With Runners In Scoring Position Remain Hard To Come By

April 17, 2014 3:53 PM
For Red Sox, Hits With Runners In Scoring Position Remain Hard To Come By
" BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox in the wee hours of Thursday morning, earning a much-needed victory but taking a couple of extra hours to do it.

Despite the win, the Red Sox still sit in last place in the AL East and are owners of the second-worst record (6-9) in the American League, better only than the lowly Houston Astros.

That’s not where the defending World Series champions ought to be after three weeks of baseball, and a major reason why is an issue of hitting with runners in scoring position. It was a problem after the first week of the season, when the team was hitting .304 with the bases empty but just .136 with RISP. That, however, was supposed to be an anomaly, and surely the two averages would meet somewhere in the middle and the Red Sox would begin to produce runs at their usual rate.

Yet things haven’t exactly gone as planned in the past two weeks. The Sox are now hitting .244 with the bases empty and .192 with RISP "

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