Maybe it was the acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes. Maybe it was the play of Mookie Betts. Maybe it was the relatively successful road trip that ended the month. Or maybe fans are just looking ahead to 2015. For whatever reason, FenwayNation's Dalton Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) experienced a slight increase in August—rising 3.0 points to 65.1. This comes after a precipitous 14.3 drop in July. Of course, 65.1 is still a terrible rating for a team that spent $162,041,568 in 2014. FenwayNation offers its readers this monthly assessment 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 initial 2014 preseason reading was normalized and set to 100.0 as
the benchmark for the remainder of the year. Our readers from all over the world can now 'weigh in' on the state of The Carmine Hose.