Kevin Kernan, Post:
If the Red Sox can't get Beckett straightened out, they have bigger problems than anyone could have imagined. Their offense is already a question mark.The 2010 Red Sox*:
RS - 3rd in AL, 7th in MLB*: Of course, the usual caveats apply, e.g., the Sox have had a couple of very high-scoring games (17, 13, 11), which inflates the average, especially after only 30 games.
RS/G - 4th in AL, 8th in MLB
AVG - 3rd in AL, 5th in MLB
OBP - 4th in AL, 5th in MLB
SLG - 1st in AL, 2nd in MLB
OPS - 2nd in AL, 3rd in MLB
OPS+ - Tied for 2nd in AL and MLB
Total Bases - 2nd in AL and MLB (3 fewer than TOR)
Boston's team OPS is .811, not too far behind New York's .822. Only one other team is over .800. It is undeniable that the Red Sox are getting on base and slugging the ball better than almost any team in baseball. In fact, with men on base, they are hitting better than the Yankees, although they are weaker with RATS.
NYY BOSIn fact, Boston is doing all that hitting with two of its starting outfielders on the DL, a DH who is not H-ing much at all, and lower-than-expected production from its right fielder and catcher. The bats are not the problem, Kevin.
Men On .265/.357/.416 .274/.357/.467
RATS .284/.384/.473 .280/.373/.457
P.S. I do not have access to any fancy or secret information. You can find almost all of it right here.
Jamie Moyer became the the oldest pitcher in history to throw a complete game shutout: 9-2-0-0-5, 105 last night against Atlanta.