The very bad and good of BoSox bats

The Boston Red Sox offense has shown its best and worst over the first two games of the ALCS. Check out the lows and highs.

Statistically, this year's Boston Red Sox had maybe the best offense in all of baseball, scoring 853 runs (most in MLB) on 819 RBIs (most in MLB), averaging .277 (second in MLB), and swatting 1,566 hits (second in MLB).

Those striking numbers were not not carrying over to the ALCS until about 15 innings into the series. At which point, the Red Sox reversed their misfortune entirely.

To illustrate this remarkable turnaround, here's a handy play-by-play of all Red Sox plate appearances. All hits are in bold and strike outs in bold red for easy compare/contrast. All runs appear in special happy rainbow font.

THE BAD

Game 1

  • Ellsbury struck out
  • Victorino struck out, safe at first on wild pitch
  • Pedroia walked
  • Ortiz struck out
  • Napoli struck out
  • Nava struck out
  • Drew walked
  • Middlebrooks flied out to left
  • Ross walked
  • Ellsbury grounded out
  • Victorino struck out
  • Pedroia flied out to center
  • Ortiz grounded out
  • Napoli struck out
  • Nava struck out
  • Drew struck out
  • Middlebrooks grounded out
  • Ross popped out to second
  • Ellsbury struck out
  • Victorino out bunting
  • Pedroia walked
  • Ortiz struck out
  • Napoli walked
  • Nava walked
  • Drew struck out
  • Pinch-hitter Carp grounded out
  • Pinch-hitter Saltalamacchia struck out
  • Ellsbury struck out
  • Victorino struck out
  • Pedroia struck out
  • Ortiz flied out to center
  • Napoli struck out
  • Nava singled to center
  • Drew flied out to right
  • Bogaerts popped out to short

Game 2 (First-sixth innings)

  • Ellsbury grounded out
  • Victorino hit-by-pitch
  • Pedroia struck out
  • Ortiz struck out
  • Carp struck out
  • Gomes struck out
  • Saltalamacchia grounded out
  • Drew struck out
  • Middlebrooks struck out
  • Ellsbury walked
  • Victorino struck out
  • Pedroia struck out
  • Ortiz walked
  • Carp grounded into double play
  • Gomes struck out
  • Saltalamacchia flied out to right
  • Drew grounded out
  • Middlebrooks struck out
  • Ellsbury fouled out to third

Totals: One hit, no runs, 27 strikeouts

THE GOOD

Game 2 (Sixth inning on)

  • Victorino singled to left
  • Pedroia doubled to left, Victorino scored
  • Ortiz struck out
  • Carp struck out
  • Gomes struck out
  • Saltalamacchia grounded out
  • Drew grounded out
  • Middlebrooks doubled to left
  • Ellsbury walked
  • Victorino struck out
  • Pedroia singled to right
  • Ortiz homered to right, Middlebrooks scored, Ellsbury scored, Pedroia scored, Ortiz scored
  • Pinch-hitter Napoli struck out
  • Gomes infield single
  • Saltalamacchia singled to left, Gomes scored

Totals: Seven hits, six runs, five strikeouts

Whew. What a swing (no pun intended, David Ortiz). The series is tied 1-1. Which side of the offense will show up in Game 3 against Justin Verlander? Tune into FOX Tuesday night to find out.

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