The season ended dramatically with an epic collapse and coming from the beaks of Buck's Orioles made it specially gnawing. We need a RH bat some shouted. No, we don't! was the opposing retort, we have the most runs scored, or the highest OPS or whatever they referenced that seemed to make sense numerically, but not in reality. Some of us remembered the lop-sided wins that inflated the numbers our critics turned against us, (that was quite crafty on their part) and we said "see, look here 18-9 one day, 9-13 totaled in the next
two games, that's 27-22 Boston, why did we lose two out of three?"
The reason was....consistency, and really the lack thereof. An Iowa Physicist and Cardinals fan Kerry Whisnant says, "My study shows that runs alone don't tell the whole story," he said. "Consistency is another factor. You want to score runs, and you want to be consistent."
Across an entire 162-game season, Whisnant said more consistency could mean two additional wins. And that can be the difference between making the playoffs and calling it quits the first week in October.
This is the validation of what I've been thinking about last year's team and the issues with it's offense. The Sox BTW, scored 8 more runs than the Yankees.