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