This isn't a highly scientific approach, but I simply looked at each major stat that BRef provides in historical data, and compared it with previous Red Sox teams from 1946 to present to achieve the rankings. This was really to see how the team did on a stat-by-stat basis relative to other teams. I'll start with hitting:
|2012 Red Sox Batter Rankings|
|3B||16||67/67||Tied with 2006 for least ever|
|BB||428||67/67||Least since 1946*|
|K||1,197||1/67||Most in team history|
Asterisks represent that it was the worst since 1994, but since those are counting stats, and 1994 was a shortened season, I used the next worst season available. For hits, the previous worst team was the 1995 Sox, but as Jose noted, that season was short as well. For walks in a season, the asterisk is because 1994 and 1981 were both behind the 2012 teams; however, those were both strike years, making the Sox last among full season teams.
- The 2012 team struck out the most in team history, and almost walked the least since 1946.
- Based on runs scored per game, the 2012 team was in the lower half of scoring teams, and worst since the 1993 team.
- The 2012 Red Sox: We hit doubles!
- Oddly enough, the 2007 team only hit 1 more HR over the course of the year. But the 165 home runs is a far cry from the 2003 and 2004 juggernauts. Even the 2009-2011 teams hit over 200 home runs per year. This team hit 38 less home runs than last year's team.
|2012 Pitcher Stats Rankings|
|Shutouts||4||66/67||1994 (Shortened Season)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||754||63/67||2006|
|Home Runs Allowed||190||67/67||Tied with 1987 for most in franchise history|
|HR9||1.19||67/67||Tied with 1987 for highest in franchise history|
The asterisk represent that it was the worst since 1994, but since saves are counting stats, and 1994 was a shortened season, I used the next worst season available.
- The 2012 team now holds dubious honor of allowing the most home runs allowed in team history (shared with the 1987 team).
- ERA is not a perfect stat by any measure, but what I took away here is how I'm amazed the 2005 team made the playoffs with one of the worst ERAs since 1946, while this team finishes in last place in the division. I love stuff like this.
- The save stat isn't that telling, since the 1987 team only had 16 saves. The 2003 and 2004 teams had 36 saves and obviously did very well.
- This pitching staff did strike out a lot of batters. The 2001 team struck out the most batters in team history, but after that the next five teams on the all-time list are from 2008-2012, with the 2012 team taking 6th. Strikeouts have been rising in the MLB for the last 10 years, so this isn't that surprising, but it is worth nothing that from 2008 to present, these teams have been strikeout machines.
- Only 4 shutouts. Take away 1994, and its the least in team history.
Edited by ScubaSteveAvery, 09 October 2012 - 01:58 PM.