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Restoration Nation

Posted by David Sabino  October 1, 2013 01:58 PM

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chin092213soxjays_spt33[1].jpgThe Red Sox have to wait around to find out whether Terry Francona's Indians, or the new arch-rival Rays we discussed here earlier in the season, will survive the American League's win-or-go-home gauntlet for the right to play them in the Major League's version of the Elite 8. That gives us time to reflect on the incredible bounce-back, regular season just completed. To best do this we decided to examine each of Boston's positions based on stats from the 2011 and 2012 disappointments, compared to those of this year's squad that not only had the best record in the game, but also recaptured the hearts and minds of Red Sox Nation with it's gritty, determined, and mostly bearded play, while slipping back into the familiar role of the underdog.

Which positions had the greatest fluctuation in productivity? Which was the biggest bargain? Which looked like it was a disaster in 2013 but actually wasn't so bad afterall? For answers to these and many more questions check out this Red Sox photo gallery

Onto the playoffs.

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Stats Driven is powered by David Sabino, who over the last two decades has been a source of statistical analysis on the pages of Sports Illustrated, New York Times, and Chicago Tribune. David has written about all seven recent Boston-area championships for Sports Illustrated Presents commemorative issues, was the creator of such long time features as SI’s Player Value Ranking, NBA Player Rating and long running fantasy football and baseball columns.

He has also authored or made contributions to many books, including the Sports Illustrated’s 100 Fenway: A Fascinating First Century.

Now living in Marblehead, he’s focusing his attention on the Boston sports scene, specifically delving into the numbers affecting the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, with the goal of informing and entertaining real fans. You can follow him on Twitter at @SabinoSports.

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