For those unfamiliar with Bill James's Game Score concept, each starter begins with a baseline score of 50, which is increased or decreased by the following factors:

+1 for every out recorded

+2 for every full inning over four pitched

+1 for every strikout recorded

-4 for every earned run allowed

-2 for every unearned run allowed

-2 for every hit allowed

-1 for every walk allowed

Red Sox starters, with their number of starts, their (numerical) average Game Score, their minimum and maximum Game Scores, and their average Game Score for the first hald and second half of their starts (split indicates how I split the data when there were an odd number of starts).

Sts avgGS Min Max 1st 2nd (split) Pitcher ************************************************** 3 53.67 51 58 ----- ----- ------ Papelbon 1 53.00 -- 53 ----- ----- ------ DiNardo 1 53.00 -- 53 ----- ----- ------ Halama 33 52.45 24 83 50.89 54.13 (17/16) Wakefield 32 49.97 9 79 55.25 44.69 (16/16) Clement 30 48.47 8 80 47.20 49.73 (15/15) Wells 32 48.06 11 78 50.69 45.44 (16/16) Arroyo 16 46.50 14 67 47.63 45.38 (8/8) Miller 11 43.18 29 68 35.67 52.20 (6/5) Schilling 3 39.00 13 55 ----- ----- ------ GonzalezI think the Red Sox will have to give serious thought to giving Papelbon a shot at the starting rotation next season. Based on Schilling's last five starts, there may be hope for 2006. Clement's second-half performance is perhaps the biggest disappointment, but Arroyo is close behind (I swear that Arroyo reminds me more-and-more of Derek Lowe). Wade Miller had an average Game Score of 58.0 after his first three starts and 43.85 the rest of the way. What looked like a good off-season pick-up was derailed by arm problems.

This chart shows the record of the starters and the Red Sox for Game Scores of 50+

Team Pitcher Starter ---------------------------- 13 and 5 12 and 2 Arroyo 16 and 2 12 and 1 Clement 0 and 1 0 and 1 DiNardo 1 and 0 1 and 0 Gonzalez 1 and 0 1 and 0 Halama 5 and 2 3 and 0 Miller 3 and 0 0 and 0 Papelbon 3 and 0 3 and 0 Schilling 15 and 4 13 and 2 Wakefield 14 and 2 14 and 1 Wells -------------------------- 71 and 16 59 and 7 Total