Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:45 PM
The 1950 Red Sox were indeed a historically great offense. There was absolutely no easy spot for the opposing pitcher in that lineup (well, pitcher), and Williams was even out half of the year with a cracked elbow from the all star game (ouch!). Besides Williams, most Sox fans have heard of Doerr, Pesky, Dom DiMaggio, Vern Stephens, and Walt Dropo on that team. And, they all had excellent years. But, the catcher Birdie Tebbets was .310/.377/.444/.821, and forgotten man right fielder Al Zarilla was .325/.423/.493/.915. A guy BREF calls a utility man, Billy Goodman, scraped together enough ABs to win the battle title at .354. The entire team slash was .302/.385/.464/.848. If only the pitching didn't fall apart from 1949. Actually, it wasn't deep enough in 1949 either. Yawkey and his boys didn't worry about pitching so much. The 1950 team finished third.
This year's team looks solid one through five, but after that there are question marks, at least as far as being a historically great offense. Will Crawford really get it going this year? Can Reddick keep it up, or will he even get the chance when Crawford is back? Can the catchers keep it up? At short, could Lowrie get back and recapture his early season magic? Scutaro would be the weak link in the lineup otherwise. Overall, not quite historic, but a really, really strong offensive team.