Nation STATion: Deconstructing Theo


Nation STATion: Deconstructing Theo

It all began when Theo Epstein was named general manager on Nov. 25, 2002.

It all ended when Theo Epstein resigned as general manager on Oct. 21, 2011.

A lot of stuff happened in between:

2003: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the As in the ALDS (3-2), and lost to the Yankees in the ALCS (4-3). Manager Grady Little was fired and replaced by Terry Francona.

2004: 98-64 .605 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the Angels in the ALDS (3-0), defeated the Yankees in the ALCS (4-3), and won the World Series over the Cardinals (4-0).

2005: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card and lost the ALDS to the White Sox (3-0).

2006: 86-76 .531 The Sox finished 3rd.

2007: 96-66 .593 The Sox finished 1st, defeated the Angels in the LDS (3-0), defeated the Indians in the ALCS (4-3), defeated the Rockies in the World Series (4-0).

2008: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, defeated the Angels in the ALDS (3-1), lost the ALCS to the Rays (4-3).

2009: 95-67 .586 - The Sox finished 2nd, won the Wild Card, lost to the Angels in the ALDS (3-0).

2010: 89-73 .549 The Sox finished 3rd.

2011: 90-72 .556 The Sox finished 3rd.

Nine years:
Total wins 839
Total losses 619
Avg. wins per season 93.2
Avg. losses per season 68.7
Most wins 98
Most losses 76
Fewest wins 86
Fewest losses 64
Seasons 90 wins 7
95 win seasons 4
67 loss seasons 4
World Championships 2
AL championship 2
Postseason appearances 6
Finished 1st in AL East 1
Finished 2nd n AL East 5
Finished 1st in AL East 3

Managers 2
Grady Little 95-67 .586
Terry Francona 744-552 .574
Hitting stats
Homers hit
David Ortiz 320
Manny Ramirez 200
Jason Varitek 139

David Ortiz 1028
Manny Ramirez 636
Kevin Youkilis 550

Runs scored
David Ortiz 884
Kevin Youkilis 569
Manny Ramirez 566
David Ortiz 1367
Kevin Youkilis 927
Manny Ramirez 918

Extra base hits
David Ortiz 681
Manny Ramirez 397
Kevin Youkilis 377

David Ortiz 348
Kevin Youkilis 232
Dustin Pedroia 206

Jacoby Ellsbury -23
Johnny Damon 18
Kevin Youkilis 16
Nomar Garciaparra 16

Stolen bases
Jacoby Ellsbury 175
Dustin Pedroia 82
Coco Crisp 70

David Ortiz 996
Jason Varitek 872
Kevin Youkilis - 689

David Ortiz 769
Manny Ramirez 482
Kevin Youkilis 480

Batting average (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .307
Dustin Pedroia .305
Bill Mueller .303
Jacoby Ellsbury .301

On-base percentage (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .406
Kevin Youkilis .391
David Ortiz .387

Slugging (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .576
David Ortiz .570
Kevin Youkilis .492

OPS (minimum 1000 plate appearances)
Manny Ramirez .982
David Ortiz .958
Kevin Youkilis .883

Pitching stats
Jonathan Papelbon 396 games
Mike Timlin 394
Manny Delcarmen 289

Tim Wakefield 243
Josh Beckett 173
Jon Lester 154

Innings pitched
Tim Wakefield 1550.1
Josh Beckett 1112.2
Jon Lester 957.2

Tim Wakefield 95
Josh Beckett 84
Jon Lester 76

Tim Wakefield 86
Josh Beckett 47
Jon Lester 34

ERA (400 innings min.)
Jonathan Papelbon 2.33
Pedro Martinez 3.12
Jon Lester 3.53

WHIP (400 innings min.)
Jonathan Papelbon 1.018
Pedro Martinez - 1.110
Josh Beckett - 1.212

Complete Games
Tim Wakefield 8
Josh Beckett 7
Jon Lester 6

Home runs allowed
Tim Wakefield 209
Josh Beckett 137
Jon Lester 85

Josh Beckett 1014
Tim Wakefield 1002
Jon Lester 894

Tim Wakefield 510
Jon Lester 362
Daisuke Matsuzaka 301
Josh Beckett - 300

Jonathan Papelbon 219
Keith Foulke 47
Mike Timlin 27

Games played by position
Catchers 19
Jason Varitek caught 989 games
Doug Mirabelli 264
Victor Martinez 110

First basemen 32
Kevin Youkilis 581
Kevin Millar 280
David Ortiz 118 games

Second basemen 30
Dustin Pedroia 709
Mark Loretta 138
Mark Bellhorn 124

Third basemen 27
Mike Lowell 528
Bill Mueller 373
Kevin Youkilis 331

Shortstops 27
Julio Lugo 226
Marco Scutaro 241
Alex Cora 171
Jed Lowrie 147

Left fielders 51
Manny B. Manny 839
Jason Bay 199
Carl Crawford 127

Centerfielders 28
Johnny Damon 590
Jacoby Ellsbury 402
Coco Crisp 361

Right fielders 40
J.D. Drew 580
Trot Nixon 387
Gabe Kapler 160

Designated Hitters 49
David Ortiz 1128
Manny B. Manny 131

All in all, a damn good resume.

The best of luck in Chicago, Theo.

Giardi: John Farrell has been ‘handcuffed’ by roster

Giardi: John Farrell has been ‘handcuffed’ by roster

Mike Giardi and Trenni Kusnierek debate whether or not John Farrell should be fired after a rough month of June.

McAdam: It's make-or-break time before the break for Red Sox

McAdam: It's make-or-break time before the break for Red Sox

Not long ago, the final homestand of the first half of the 2016 season looked like an opportunity for the Red Sox.
Now, however, it looks more like a survival test.
Are they contenders or pretenders? 
Is this a month-long downturn or a preview of coming attractions? 

The Red Sox still possess a winning record and are tied for one of the wild-card spots in the American League. The season isn't shot. Yet.
But it could be soon if the Red Sox don't execute a turnaround and thrust themselves back into the divisional race. At the precise moment the Red Sox are in freefall, the Baltimore Orioles are streaking, and doing what the Red Sox have failed to do: take advantage of some breaks in the schedule.
While the Red Sox dropped two of three to a Tampa Bay team which had lost 11 in a row -- four at the hands of the Orioles themselves, it should be noted -- the Orioles have steamrolled over lowly opponents to go 7-1 against a steady diet of nothing by the Rays and Padres.
That delivers some additional urgency to this upcoming homestand, which features three games each against the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers and the Rays again.
While Dave Dombrowski continues to hunt for pitching help, how the Red Sox play over the next nine games could either intensify his search or reduce it to unnecessary.
Should the Red Sox lose further ground while at home, it might result in Dombrowski refusing to mortgage any of his organization's future for a team that hasn't proven worthy of an upgrade.
Why sacrifice prospects in exchange for a starting pitcher or bullpen piece when the playoffs drift out of reach? And, yes, the Red Sox are going to need reinforcements to the rotation and the bullpen for next year either way, but if the Sox don't show signs of life soon, that effort can be put off until after the season.
Due to simple laws of supply and demand, the already exorbitant cost of pitching skyrockets before the trade deadline, since there are a handful of needy teams convinced that one additional arm could spell the difference between a trip to the World Series and missing the postseason altogether.
If a team isn't in need of immediate help, it's best to wait for November and December, when there's less of a sense of desperation to the whole exercise.
Beyond the matter of determining whether the Red Sox go all-in on 2016, there's the matter of job security for manager John Farrell.
Should the Sox continue to stumble, the All-Star break might give Dombrowski time and cause to evaluate whether it's time to make a change in the dugout.
If Dombrowski determines that the season can still be salvaged with a change of voice in the dugout, Farrell would be vulnerable. And if he decides that, regardless of playoff aspirations, he's seen enough in a half-season of observation that  Farrell isn't his choice to lead the club going forward, the four-day break would be time to reflect, then act on that evaluation.
Farrell challenged his team in a postgame meeting Monday, exhorting them to play to their potential, to trust in their teammates and play hard.
If that push doesn't yield tangible results in the next 10 days, a dark uncertainty -- for himself and the team he manages -- lies ahead.
The All-Star break offers upper management and ownership a time to take stock in what they have. If they don't like what they see in the next week and a half, the consequences could be felt soon.