2013 MLB World Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 MLB World Series. Photo: David Ortiz leads MLB's highest scoring offense/AP

CHICAGO, October 23, 2013 — The Red Sox bounced back from their worst year since 1965 to post the best record in baseball at 97-65 winning the AL East by 5.5 games. Last offseason the Red Sox replaced manager Bobby Valentine with former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. 

The Red Sox also brought in a relatively unheralded group of free agents including Mike Napoli, Koji Uehara, Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino and Ryan Dempster with the money they had freed up at the 2012 trade deadline in the Nick Punto trade.

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Highs/Lows: The Red Sox led the AL East for 164 days this season. Their largest lead was nine and a half games on September 15 and the team was three games out of first on May 14. The team was never below .500 and at its peak was 34 games over .500 on September 27. The longest winning streak of the season was only seven games, but there was no losing streak longer than three games.

Starting Pitching: The Boston Red Sox starters compiled a 3.84 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and 793 strikeouts in 984 innings pitched. The staff was led by Jon Lester 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.47 K/9, John Lackey 3.52 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.65 K/9 and Clay Buchholz 1.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 7.98 K/9.

Projected Rotation:

Jon Lester                    213.1 IP    3.75 ERA    1.29 WHIP    7.47 K/9

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John Lackey                 189.1 IP    3.52 ERA    1.16 WHIP    7.65 K/9

Clay Buchholz             108.1 IP    1.74 ERA     1.02 WHIP   7.98 K/9

Jake Peavy                   144.2 IP    4.17 ERA     1.15 WHIP   7.53 K/9

Lineup: Boston led the majors in runs scored with 853, while posting a team slash line of .277/.349/.446. The Red Sox offense was led by David Ortiz, .309/.395/.564, Dustin Pedroia, .301/.372/.415, and Jacoby Ellsbury, .298/.355/.426.

SEE RELATED: Los Angeles Dodgers lose in NLCS to St. Louis Cardinals

Projected Lineup:      Regular Season Slash Lines

Jacoby Ellsbury           .299/.355/.426

Shane Victorino         .294/.351/.451

Dustin Pedroia           .301/.372/.415

David Ortiz                  .309/.395/.564

Mike Napoli                .259/.360/.482

Jonny Gomes              .247/.344/.426    

Jarrod Saltalamachia  .273/.338/.466

Stephen Drew             .253/.333/..443

Xander Bogaerts          .250/.320/.364   

Bullpen: Boston’s bullpen put up a 3.70 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and 464 strikeouts in 470 innings pitched. They were led by closer Koji Uehara, 1.09 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 12.23 K/9, Craig Breslow,  1.81 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 4.98 K/9 and Junichi Tazawa, 3.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.48 K/9.

Defense: The Red Sox posted a .987 fielding percentage, allowed a .756 stolen base success rate, had a 36.28 range factor and a 6.258 zone rating.

Bench:                            Regular Season Slash Lines

Daniel Nava                     .303/.385/.445

Will Middlebrooks         .227/.271/.425

David Ross                       .216/.298/.382

Quintin Berry                  Career 28 for 28 in SB in Regular Season and Postseason Combined

Mike Carp                         .296/.362/.523


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Steve Adler was born and raised in NH in a town called Westmoreland. He currently resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and daughter. He has worked in Commodities and Banking. Steve has been a sports columnist for The Washington Times Communities since July 2013.

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