October 2, 2006

Final Standings / Contest

     W   L  GB   HOME  ROAD 1-RUN  RS  RA X W-L
NY 97 65 -- 50-31 47-34 24-22 930 767 95-67
Tor 87 75 10 50-31 37-44 20-10 809 754 86-76
Bos 86 76 11 48-33 38-43 29-20 820 825 81-81
Bal 70 92 27 40-41 30-51 22-20 768 899 69-93
TB 61 101 36 41-40 20-61 17-22 689 856 65-97
Boston outperformed their expected W-L record by five games.

In our contest to guess the team's final record, the lowest entry was 88 wins. Thanks in no small part to the August From Hell, the Sox fell shy of that by two wins.

3 comments:

Jack Marshall said...

What an ugly breakdown!

My Top Ten Things That Nobody Would Have Ever Predicted for this Lost Season, in no particular order:

1. Josh Beckett, who was supposed to be fragile, led the starters in games pitched.

2. He also led in wins,a career high, despite pitching badly all year.

3. Alex Gonzalez out-hit Jason Varitek.

4. Alam Embree had a better ERA than Hanson, DelCarmen, Timlin or Foulke. For San Diego.

5. Julian Taveras ended up being more valuable as a starter than as a reliever.

6. Josh Bard, not Coco Crisp or Andy Marte, was the steal of the Marte-Crisp trade, and out-hit both of them...for San Diego.

7. Cla Merideth had a better ERA in relief than Jonathan Papelbon..who was under 1.00. For San Diego.

8. The Sox led baseball in defense, and still gave up more runs than they scored.

9. Not once all season did the Sox have an established major-league starter in the #5 slot.

10. The Sox were more successful against the best team in the NL (the Mets) than they were against the worst team in the AL (KC).

L-girl said...

Alex Gonzalez out-hit Jason Varitek.

I just wanted to repeat that for effect. It's so amazing.

Thank [something] for the National League. I hate interleague play, but where we would have finished without them?

redsock said...

Alex Gonzalez out-hit Jason Varitek.

In batting average, yes. Which is something.

Let's see:

Gonzalez: .255/.299/.397
Varitek: .238/.325/.400

Varitek got on base more often, which is the important thing, but Jesus, I didn't expect the slugging to be about equal.

And we are blessed with two more years of this?!?

Thank [something] for the National League. I hate interleague play, but where we would have finished without them?

Third. Solidly third.