Not all Bad in Red Sox Land

By jason keen
Updated: September 30, 2011
Boston Red Sox History

Sure, the Boston Red Sox just suffered what many baseball analysts are calling the worst September collapse in baseball history. Sure, they will not be making the playoffs with what was supposed to be the biggest offense threat to American League pitchers since creatine and HGH.

And while I am not blaming the September meltdown or playoff collapse on John Lackey alone (6.41 era and 1.62 whip) he did finish the season going 0-3 in his last 6 starts giving up 28 earned runs in 30.2 innings for an 8.22 era. Even with one of the most prolific offenses that would lead the American League in runs scored , on base percentage and slugging percentage,  Lackey managed to become the first pitcher in the history of baseball to reach 12 wins with an era above 6.40.

But my purpose is to show praise not throw salt in their wounds. Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz became the first trio in major league history to hit 25 or more home runs, 40 or more doubles and finish with a batting average above .300. And Dustin Pedroia is not too far behind. I look forward to seeing if they can make it 4 players next season.

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