Friday, August 1, 2014

FN's Dalton Jones Average Mirrors 2014 Season

We have completed four of six months in this benighted 2014 season. We are on track to win 72 games—three more than Bobby Valentine managed in 2012. FenwayNation's Dalton Jones Industrial Average is meant to take the "pulse" of our worldwide readership on the state of The Carmine Hose on four metrics: offense, defense, starting pitching and relief pitching. So far, the DJIA (as we like to call it) has been pretty accurate in tracking the performance of the team. Try to remember how it all started. On Opening Day (March 31st), the Red Sox lost a game at Camden Yards that would be a bellwether for the season— a 2-1 defeat, with Jon Lester taking the loss. April was pretty bad—so it's not surprising that the Index dropped from its pre-season reading down to 82.3 at the end of that first month. May and June saw less severe dips in optimism—as there were moments when you might have thought these guys could turn it around. By the end of July, however, our readers had figured it out—dropping the Index all the way down to 62.1. Imagine what August will bring!