August Dalton Jones Industrial Average Jumps 8.9 Points
The Red Sox went 17-13 in August—and that .567 winning percentage was the second-worst monthly win-rate of 2016. Nevertheless, our readers saw enough promise to boost the Dalton Jones Industrial Average by 8.9 points from July's 83.4 to 92.3 today. This past month, perceptions of both the offense and defense lead the way on "raw scores" (76.5 and 74.0, respectively)—although the offensive ratings did dip some. Starting pitching saw the greatest degree of improvement—going from a raw score of 42.8 to 69.0. Relief pitching,however, fell again—going from 32.8 all the way down to 29.0. FenwayNation offers its readers this monthly reading of "The Mood Of The Nation" through our exclusive Dalton Jones Industrial Average—which 'crunches' all of those raw scores into a single Index Value. 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 invite readers from around the world to weigh in every month on the state of the team. The Index number—and its fluctuation up or down—has proven, over the years, to be a pretty accurate bellwether of actual team status.