Statistical Look at the 2011 Red Sox

It’s hard to believe the baseball season is almost half way over.  I’ve been so caught up in the Stanley Cup playoffs, I’ve watched very little of the Sox this season.  Last weekend when they swept the Yankees, I only watched 2 or 3 innings of the whole series.  It’s June and I’m still watching hockey…..and it’s great.

This morning I decided to get myself up to date on the sox.  I took a look at the statistics pages on mlb.com and found some great stuff.  Last weekend’s sweep of the Yankees helped propel the sox into first place.  They are 2 games up on New York, 4 games up on Tampa Bay.  Here’s a quick look at the AL East standings:

 

W

L

PCT.

GB

BOSTON

38

26

0.594

New York

35

27

0.565

2.0

Tampa Bay

34

30

0.531

4.0

Toronto

32

33

0.492

6.5

Baltimore

30

32

0.484

7.0

As I looked at the team statistics a few things jumped out at me:

  • The Sox lead MLB in runs with 336; leading the Reds and Yankees by 9 and 15 runs respectively.
  • The Sox are 2nd in MLB (1st in the AL) in hits with 618.  That averages out to 9.6 hits/game.
  • The Sox lead MLB in RBI’s with 324.
  • The Sox are 2nd in OBP, at .347.  They trail the Cardinals by .002.
  • The Sox are 2nd in batting average with a .274 team average, just .001 behind the Cardinals.

Those are some pretty impressive statistics for a team that started the season with a 2-10 record after the first 12 games.  Adrian Gonzalez is leading the team at the plate with a .338 average and a league leading 58 RBI’s.  What an awesome signing that he was.  Watching his at bats is a thing of beauty.  The way he can drive ball to the opposite field (off and over the monster) is something we haven’t seen in a while.

While the Sox are dominant at the dish this season, the pitching staff has provided only mediocre numbers this season.  Here are a few highlights:

  • As a team, the Sox have 38 wins and a 4.13 ERA.
  • The Sox are 10th in MLB (2nd in the AL) in strikeouts with 462.
  • The Sox have given up 221 walks, putting them at 7th in MLB and 3rd in the AL.

Josh Beckett and Jon Lester are leading the team with 5 and 8 wins respectively.  Beckett is leading the team with a 2.06 ERA over 83.0 innings.  As Aaron pointed out, this Josh Beckett is throwing like its 2007 all over again (20-7, 3.27, 194 K’s, and only 40 BB’s).  Coming into the season, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Beckett.  I’m sure many of you felt the same way.  It sure is a pleasant surprise, isn’t it?

While the bull pen has not been as stable as I hoped, Papelbon has managed to rack up 12 saves.  That is still 7 saves behind league leaders Leo Nunez (Florida Marlins) and Houston Street (Colorado Rockies).  He’s not the same Papelbon we saw in seasons past.  From 2006 to 2010, Papelbon averaged 37.6 saves per season.  While he may not be as dominant in 2011, as long as he is above average for the 2nd half of the season, I think we’ll be in a good spot come playoff time.  At that point, you can throw all the statistics out the window.

The 2-10 start is a thing of the past.  They have an 8 game win streak currently and are 13-4 since May 24th.  After the series finale against Toronto this afternoon, the Sox have Monday off (Game 6 of Stanley Cup Finals) and then resume play with a 3 game series in Tampa.  Following that, the Sox come home for 3 against the Brewers and Padres.  Then they finish June in Pittsburgh and in Philly.

Keep up the winning ways Sox and you’ll make this is a very fun season…after the Bruins take home the cup, of course.

Mersy

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