Originally written October 14, 2013 on Fox Sports:
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 ou...
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