Sox offense one of the best…ever?

Posted on May 13 2016 - 2:22pm by Noah Levick
David Ortiz has been in the middle of a formidable Sox lineup. (Patrick Semansky)

David Ortiz has been in the middle of a formidable Sox lineup.
(Patrick Semansky)

With their thorough decimation of Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Thursday, the Sox became the major league team since the 2007 Braves to score 11 or more runs in four straight games. Any casual observer could tell you that their offense is absolutely dominant at the moment.

As ESPN’s David Schoenfield details, the advanced statistics support that impression, and in fact suggest that this offense could finish the season as one of the best of all-time. Six regulars are hitting over .300 for the Sox (Xander BogaertsJackie Bradley Jr.Travis ShawDavid OrtizHanley Ramirez, and Dustin Pedroia), who are currently averaging 5.91 runs per game.

While their offense is certainly boosted by playing at Fenway, where the team hits .307 overall and averages 6.79 runs per game, the Sox batters have still been stellar on the road, averaging .281 and scoring 4.88 runs per game. Another factor that could mean this offensive production isn’t sustainable is the winning percentage of the Sox’ opponents thus far- .488, 23rd in major league baseball. You can’t deny that the team has enjoyed playing the 14-19 Yankees, 14-21 A’s, 14-22 Astros, and the atrocious, 8-25 Braves.

Nevertheless, in both wRC+, a metric that accounts for factors like a team’s offensive stats and ballpark environment, and runs scored compared to the league average, the Sox are number one in major league history. As in, ahead of the 1927 “Murderers’ Row” Yankees led by Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.

I highly doubt the Sox can remain on top of that legendary team, but the fact that they’re even in the same sentence right now shows you how incredibly this offense has performed.

 
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