That seems impossible -- ridiculous, even -- considering the run-scoring machines of 2003-05, the tater mashers of 1977-78, and the powerhouses of the late 40s/early 50s, but ...
SoSHer Ananti notes that the Red Sox have scored 5.36 runs/game (482 runs in 90 games). [All stats below are as of the All-Star break.]
Which doesn't sound that special until you compare it to the current AL average of 4.28 runs/game. That is 25.1% better than the league average. Which would be the 2nd highest in Red Sox history, behind only the 1950 team that scored 1027 runs.The decrease in run-scoring across both leagues is important to remember. According to Baseball Reference, the AL R/G average is 4.29 - down sharply from full-season averages of 4.82 in 2009 and 4.45 in 2010.1950 132.32% 2011 125.13% 1946 125.05% 1948 123.97% 1949 123.78% 1903 122.47% 2003 122.06% 1967 120.45% 1972 118.99%
In fact, there are only four AL teams with R/G higher than 4.5 (a rate that was well below average only two seasons ago): Boston 5.36, New York 5.17, Texas 4.97, and Toronto 4.63.
SoSHer Rough Carrigan:
If you go by OPS+, admittedly an imprecise measure but one which at least takes park factors into account, this year's team has a *better* offense than 1950's. Fenway was outrageously pro offense in 1950 with a park factor of 115. Here are the OPS+'s of some famous Sox teams. A lot of them had great run totals but Fenway was so much better than an average hitting park that the adjustment brings them back down to earth:The top five batters in the Red Sox lineup are all in the Top 10 in AL OBP!Year Team OPS+ 1946 106 1949 105 1950 107 1967 103 1975 107 1977 108 1978 103 1986 106 2003 118 2004 110 2011 119
Ellsbury .377 10th in AL Pedroia .395 5th in AL Gonzalez .414 3rd in AL Youkilis .399 4th in AL Ortiz .391 7th in ALRoughly one-third of the lineup is about league average (.321): Varitek .333, Drew .331, Scutaro .328, Saltalamacchia .320. The rest are always on base.
The team's OBP is .354, a full 14 points higher than the #2 team, the Yankees. It has been more than 20 years since a team led the AL in OBP by that great a margin.
At the break, the Red Sox were #1 in the AL in runs, hits, doubles, walks, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases. They were #2 in triples and #3 in home runs.
We haven't clicked on all cylinders yet, which is kind of exciting to me. ... We’re not done yet. Not even close.