Monday, July 1, 2013

Dalton Jones Industrial Average Dips Slightly

Call it the 'curse of risen expectations'. Once again this month, despite the Red Sox being in first place, FenwayNation's Dalton Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experienced another drop in June. This time the drop was far less precipitous than last month—sliding just 2.2 points—to 110.8. The modest drop in the Index was caused mostly by relatively lower confidence in the team's relief pitching. Panel members were most confident (for the second straight month) in the team's defense (identical raw scores of 77.5). It should be noted that the Index score is still significantly higher than the pre-season normalized reading of 100.0. FenwayNation offers its readers this monthly reading of "The Mood Of The Nation" through our exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average. Named for the all-time Red Sox pinch-hit leader, the average is a composite index of four key metrics: starting pitching, relief pitching, total offense and total defense. The editors of FenwayNation have selected a panel of 50 readers from throughout the world to weigh in every month on the state of the Carmine Hose. The Index number—and its fluctuation up or down—has proven, over the years, to be an accurate bellwether of team performance.