These last few weeks I’m sure many of you have heard or seen the hitting streaks by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Boegarts, let’s take a look at how the rest of the Red Sox are tearing it up at the plate this season.
The most common Red Sox batting order, according to espn.com, is…
- Mookie Betts (RF)
- Dustin Pedrioa (2B)
- Xander Boegarts(SS)
- David Ortiz (DH)
- Hanley Ramirez(1B)
- Travis Shaw (3B)
- Brock Holt (LF)
- Christian Vasquez (C)
- Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
First off, of the nine, seven of them are hitting .289+ with Xander and Ortiz hitting above .340, putting Xander in the conversation for best SS in the league. The Red Sox have three players in the top ten in the AL batting average race.
From purely a stats standpoint though, as a team the Sox are leading the league in runs with 326, 32 above the next best Cardinals. They are top in hits with 579, 52 above the next best team. The Red Sox also lead the league in doubles, RBIs, AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS. They have 313 RBIS, team batting average of .294, OBP of .359, SLG of .490, and OPS of .849. The hitting stats they aren’t leading, such as triples and bombs, they still finish at top 8 in the league. All stats from espn.com.
If the All Star Voting ended today Xander and Ortiz would be the only two Red Sox starters, but many other Red Sox are close to making the cut. Hanley Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, and Jackie Bradley Jr. are all 4th at their positions. Other Red Sox finishing top 10 at their positions are Travis Shaw (5th) and Mookie Betts (7th).
As great as the hitters have been, the pitchers for the Red Sox have been the exact opposite. Even with David Price and Craig Krimbrel coming to down the Red Sox have managed to have one of these worst pitching staffs in the league?
Again from espn.com, the Red Sox have the 8th worst Team ERA with a 4.33, given up the most earned runs, and lead the league in HBP with 29. Three of the four starting pitchers have an ERA of 4.00 or worse. David Price is at a 4.88, but due to the star-studded Red Sox lineup, maintains a 7-2 record. The only pitcher not to have an ERA over 4.00 is Steven Wright (2.53 ERA), who has shown to be the second coming of Tim Wakefield. Many saw the most recent GIF of him throwing to Chris Davis…
— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) May 31, 2016
Other than a Chris Sale slider (especially me being a LH batter) this pitch would be one I would never want to step into the box against. If the Sox are indeed trying to make a World Series push in Ortiz’s final season, they better get the pitching figured out soon.