I was messing around with ESPN.com’s sortable stats late Thursday night, when I began to realize something. We’re on the cusp of when the performances we’re seeing start to have some meaning; guys are making their fourth starts, hitters are edging towards 100 plate appearances. For a performance analyst, it’s a fun time to take a global look at the numbers.
The Red Sox swap arsonists in the Amazing Super-Flammable Bullpen. Could this be the last stand for Alan Benes and Ryan Christenson? Another icon hits the disabled list in Cincinnati, and Jeff Hammonds makes it through 10 games before doing the same.