2014 Red Sox – Least Productive Outfield?

An article on the Boston Globe mentioned that the current Red Sox outfield was on pace to be the least productive in the 162 game era, so I decided to investigate this for myself.

First things first, let's take a look at the Lahman database for the BA and OPS (as well as SLG and OBP) for the Red Sox since 1961 (beginning of the 162 game era):

SELECT yearID, teamID,
    SUM(H) as OF_H,
    SUM(AB) as OF_AB,
    SUM(H)/SUM(AB) as OF_BA,
    (SUM(H)+SUM(BB)+SUM(HBP))/(SUM(AB)+SUM(BB)+SUM(HBP)+SUM(SF)) as OF_OBP,
    (SUM(H)+SUM(2B)+SUM(2*3B)+SUM(3*HR))/SUM(AB) as OF_SLG,
    ((SUM(H)+SUM(BB)+SUM(HBP))/(SUM(AB)+SUM(BB)+SUM(HBP)+SUM(SF))
        +(SUM(H)+SUM(2B)+SUM(2*3B)+SUM(3*HR))/SUM(AB)) as OF_OPS
FROM Batting
WHERE
    teamID = 'BOS'
    AND yearID >= 1961
    AND playerID in
        (SELECT DISTINCT playerID from Fielding
         WHERE teamID = Batting.teamID
         AND yearID = Batting.yearID
         AND pos in ('OF', 'RF', 'CF', 'LF'))
    AND G > 40
GROUP BY yearID
ORDER BY OF_OPS asc

 

From the results, it looks like their .215 BA and .614 OPS are indeed on track to be the worst ever.

yearIDteamIDOF_HOF_ABOF_BAOF_OBPOF_SLGOF_OPS
1992BOS65326370.24760.31470.34770.6625
1994BOS35313740.25690.33310.37770.7108
1993BOS63223110.27350.33150.39160.7231
1961BOS47618610.25580.33920.39550.7347
1991BOS66224880.26610.33120.40760.7387
1974BOS65124280.26810.35100.38800.7390
1972BOS50219840.25300.33830.40170.7400
2010BOS46618690.24930.32330.42160.7449
2012BOS60821920.27740.32790.41930.7471

 

That being said, this article was posted on the 4th of this month, and the Red Sox are already up to a .234 BA and .651 OPS.

This is still in line to make them the worst Sox outfield in the 162 game era, but they are closing in on the '92 Sox.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks. His previous position was a Senior Penetration Tester for a major financial institution.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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