Not how we expected, is it? The Boston Red Sox are the best team in the American League, thanks almost exclusively to its dominant offense. Seven of nine starters feature OPS+ over 100 — led by the red hot Manny Ramirez, the equally scathing Kevin Youkilis, and the merely hot J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia.
The arms? Not so much. Josh Beckett is returning to normal, Jon Lester is trying to figure out the strike zone, Clay Buchholz has an ERA over 6 and Daisuke Matsuzaka isn’t giving up many runs, but he’s also not going many innings. That leaves today’s starter, Tim Wakefield, another pitcher who has yet to go seven innings this season but hasn’t given up many runs in the innings he has pitched.
He’s going against Kevin Millwood, who has been very good so far, though he has the misfortune of playing for an awful Rangers team (as we’ve seen the last two games).
So, here are the 2008 Red Sox so far: Second in the league in runs per game and third from the bottom in runs allowed. The bullpen could use a break; let’s see if Wake can’t turn in one of his patented eight-inning knuckleball beauties.
Boston Red Sox
|1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||.231/.415/.385||114 OPS+|
|2. Jed Lowrie, 2B||.429/.375/.571||148 OPS+|
|3. David Ortiz, DH||.141/.247/.225||27 OPS+|
|4. Manny Ramirez, LF||.342/.415/.712||194 OPS+|
|5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B||.357/.413/.557||156 OPS+|
|6. J.D. Drew, RF||.321/.403/.528||146 OPS+|
|7. Sean Casey, 1B||.333/.409/.436||125 OPS+|
|8. Kevin Cash, C||.200/.200/.300||31 OPS+|
|9. Julio Lugo, SS||.274/.308/.306||64 OPS+|
|P. Tim Wakefield||3.18/1.65/.239||140 ERA+|
|1. Ian Kinsler, 2B||.288/.357/.370||99 OPS+|
|2. Michael Young, SS||.233/.305/.356||80 OPS+|
|3. Josh Hamilton, CF||.301/.365/.562||149 OPS+|
|4. Milton Bradley, DH||.345/.448/.473||151 OPS+|
|5. Hank Blalock, 3B||.339/.414/.532||156 OPS+|
|6. Frank Catalanotto, LF||.244/.320/.422||101 OPS+|
|7. David Murphy, RF||.288/.351/.455||118 OPS+|
|8. Gerald Laird, C||.218/.295/.345||74 OPS+|
|9. Ben Broussard, 1B||.191/.269/.383||76 OPS+|
|P. Kevin Millwood||2.42/1.46/.264||175 ERA+|