The All-Star break is upon us, which means it’s a great time to check where the Red Sox rank in key statistical categories. Scroll through the gallery to see how the Red Sox stack up in both Major League Baseball and the American League.
Runs: Second in MLB, second in AL
Only the Texas Rangers (443) have scored more runs than
the Red Sox (432). But the Bue Jays are a close third with 430.
Batting average: Sixth in MLB, 4th in AL
The Red Sox have a team average of .268, with David Ortiz leading everyday players at .312 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the other end of the spectrum at .235. The Rangers lead both MLB and the AL at .280.
Home runs: Eighth in MLB, sixth in AL
The Red Sox have hit 99 home runs, led by David Ortiz’s 22. The Yankees lead with 134, led by Curtis Granderson’s 23 and Robinson Cano’s 20.
ERA: 21st in MLB, 10th in AL
The Nationals, with three starters below 3.00, leading the majors with a 3.20 ERA. The A’s lead the AL at 3.42. The Red Sox check in at 4.20. Scott Atchison has the best ERA of any Sox pitcher with at least 20 innings pitched this season at 1.45.
Opponent batting average: 19th in MLB, 10th in AL
The Nationals are holding opponents to a .231 average, and Gio Gonzalez has been particularly unhittable, holding opponents to a .192 average. The Chicago White Sox, who visit Fenway Park July 16-19, lead the AL at .240. Opponents are hitting .257 vs. Boston.
Doubles: 1st in MLB and AL
At least the Red Sox are the best in baseball in something. They lead the Nationals by a wide margin (208-172). Adrian Gonzalez has 27 doubles, David Ortiz has 25 and Mike Aviles has 22. Seven other players have at least 10 doubles.
Errors: 24th in MLB, 10th in AL
This is one category in which it is a good thing to be low down on the stat list. However, not committing many errors hasn’t necessarily translated into run prevention as the Red Sox are 9th in runs allowed in MLB and 4th in the AL.
Stolen bases allowed: 11th in MLB, 5th in AL
Red Sox catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach have allowed 65 steals. But that’s still an improvement from last season, when runners weren’t afraid to challenge Saltalamacchia and now-retired Jason Varitek, who led the majors in steals allowed. The Padres lead the league in stolen bases allowed this season (88).
Stolen bases: 28th in MLB, 12th in AL
The Red Sox don’t catch many runners, and they also don’t steal many bases — no player has more than 9. With their top speedsters (Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford) out nearly the entire season, the Red Sox have stolen only 37 bases, less than half of the Marlins (79) and well behind the AL East rival Rays, who have 70.
Most valuable sports franchises: 31st in world, 2d in New England
The latest list of the world’s most valuable sports franchises put the Red Sox well down the list with an estimated value of $912 million. NFL and European soccer teams dominated the list, and the New England Patriots checked in at No. 6, but only one MLB team was ahead of Boston — the archrival New York Yankees at No. 3.