While doing some recent fiddling with data, I ran across something mildly interesting: the Red Sox’s offense is highly consistent. To be honest, this collection was for a Rays-related piece on teams with similar wOBA and how they performed when factoring in other variables like stolen base attempts, strikeouts, and ISO. The Red Sox entries had mostly one thing in common as you can see here:
Four of five years the crew from Boston produced identical wOBA. Now they didn’t post the same peripherals across the board – i.e. some years they had more steals while others they had more power – but as best as I can tell, this is the most consistent lineup in the league on a wOBA basis. It hasn’t been the same lineup year in and year out, either: below are the nine players each season who received the most plate appearances.
All told Ortiz and Varitek are the last men standing from the 2005 squad, and even their expiration dates appear to be approaching. Some tidbits from the teams and their differences:
In 2005, they stole 45 bases. That number has steadily increased each year and hit 126 this season.
Their highest BABIP of the four matching seasons came in 2008 and their lowest n 2009. I’m not sure what to make of that.
Their walk rates have been extremely static. In order from most recent; 10.6%, 10.3%, 11%, 10.7%, 10.4%. Same can be said for their strikeout rates, again in order from most recent; 20.2%, 19.1%, 18.6%, 18.8%, 18.6%. ISO, not as much; .184, .168, .165, .166, .174.
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