Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Red Sox Have Been Elite This Year In Picking Up "Ducks On The Pond"

Thanks to the fine analytical work of the folks at Boston Sports Info, we know that the 2018 Carmine Hose have four players in the top ten for driving in runners. Based on OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) with RISP (runners in scoring position), Mookie Betts leads the world (1.263). However, not that far behind in second position is Xander Bogaerts (1.195). In eighth position is Andrew Benintendi (1.102), followed by J.D. Martinez at the ten spot (1.096). Jackie Bradley, Jr. (who is really upping his offensive game in the second-half) ranks 49th on the list (.934). Interestingly, when looking just at RBIs for this stat, J.D. has 66 and Xander has 65—while Mookie has 37 (understandable as he is a lead-off hitter with fewer opportunities). By the way, there are no Bronx Embalmers in the Top Ten—although Giancarlo Stanton does come in at number 181 (.696).