Red Sox woes

So a season that began back in April is down to 2 games. What an incredible collapse by the Red Sox. I am not feeling optimistic about their chances. My buddy Graham rightly pointed out that the team has had no urgency. While chemistry can be overrated, this team seems to have none. The team does not have that “red ass” player who will get in guys faces for poor play. Youkalis is maybe that guy, but he is out for the season.
What is so frustrating about the collapse is that the bottom has fallen out for this team in every phase of the game. The pitching stinks from the rotation to the back end. The fielding has been awful; so many mental errors. And huys can’t hit.
Graham and I were trying to sort out why the team is so un-clutch. I actually think the offense is over-rated. When a team leads the majors in runs scored, that seems like a stupid thing to say. But this team either feasts or famines, and lots of those runs scored were empty runs in blowout games. es, we’ve scored more runs than any other team than baseball, so to say the offense is overrated sounds stupid.  But this team seems to get a lot of empty stats.  When the offense is hot, they pour it on and score 15 runs.  But then they can’t get more than 3 runs for the next 4 games.  It is maddening.

I went through the season and looked for high scoring games.  The Sox had an unbelievable 23 games scoring 10 or more runs.  There was a stretch when it seemed the Sox would score 14 runs every game. Check this out: over 41 of their highest scoring games, they scored 418 runs.  That is 49% of their total season runs scored in only 26% of their games.  But it looks worse when you look at their really bloated games.  If you look at games with 8 or more runs, they scored 357 runs in only 30 games (31% of their total runs in only 18% of their games).  If you look at games with 10 or more runs, they scored 296 runs in only 23 games (34% of runs in only 14% of games).  One more.  152 runs in only 10 games (Nearly a fifth of their season run total in 10 measly games).

This just does not bode well. Our pitching stinks, and unless the bats suddenly catch fire, the Red Sox are slated for arguably the biggest meltdown in baseball history.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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