Calm yourself Yankees fans – yes, the Red Sox have won three straight, but we all know that this team still has a long way to go. Yesterday’s 12-1 route of the Indians was much-needed, but frankly Daniel Bard’s game wasn’t nearly as good as his pitching line suggests. That said, I was turned on to a pretty amazing stat during the course of the game.
In the American League, the top 4 league leaders in doubles are all on the Red Sox. David Ortiz is leading the league, with Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ryan Sweeney all tied for second most. Perhaps even more impressive is the Red Sox performance in terms of doubles as a team; the Red Sox lead the AL with 100 doubles on the season, with the second best team (Kansas City) managing only 72.
All of this only reinforces what we already knew – that the Red Sox can crush the ball but need to pitch better. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty interesting stat.