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Jorge Camargo
Contributing Writer

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After a last place finish in 2014, the Red Sox front office tried to build a team that was going to be lead by their offense. With the Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval signings, Mike Napoli and Dustin Pedroia healthy and rookies like Mookie Betts expected to have breakout seasons, everything seemed right for the Red Sox.

We all know that things didn't go as expected and the team finished in last place again. There were many scape goats like Hanley, Pablo and even a pitching coach but the reality is that the team didn't show up as everyone would like. Even though it may seem that most of the problems were because of an offensive approach, the Red Sox were one of the best offensive teams throughout the year. Actually, they were an above average team. Let's break down the specific numbers:

Hits:
Red Sox player with most: Xander Bogaerts with 196
Team total: 1496
American League average: 1411
Major League Baseball average: 1404

Doubles:
Red Sox player with most: Mookie Betts with 42
Team total: 294
American League average: 278
Major League Baseball average: 275

Triples:
Red Sox player with most: Mookie Betts with 8
Team total: 33
American League average: 31
Major League Baseball average: 31

Home runs:
Red Sox player with most: David Ortiz with 37
Team total: 161
American League average: 176
Major League Baseball average: 164

Runs scored:
Red Sox player with most: Mookie Betts with 92
Team total: 748
American League average: 710
Major League Baseball average: 688

RBI:
Red Sox player with most: David Ortiz with 108
Team total: 706
American League average: 676
Major League Baseball average: 655

Batting average:
Red Sox player with highest: Xander Bogaerts with .320
Team Total:.265
American League average: .255
Major League Baseball average: .254

On-base percentage:
Red Sox player with highest: David Ortiz with .360
Team total: .325
American League average: .318
Major League Baseball average: .317

Overall grade: A-

Even though Hanley and Sandoval were a complete dissapointment, the Red Sox were one of the best offensive teams of the league. Regardless of their last place finish, the team overcame offensive struggles and ended up being a threat to even the best pitchers of the league. If the team can keep up with this trend and get some good pitching during the offseason, the Red Sox will become again again.

Jorge Camargo 10/23/2015 05:01:00 PM Edit
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