Nation STATion: Deconstructing Theo

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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

RBI
David Ortiz 1028
Manny Ramirez 636
Kevin Youkilis 550

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

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

Doubles
David Ortiz 348
Kevin Youkilis 232
Dustin Pedroia 206

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

Stolen bases
Jacoby Ellsbury 175
Dustin Pedroia 82
Coco Crisp 70

Strikeouts
David Ortiz 996
Jason Varitek 872
Kevin Youkilis - 689

Walks
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
Games
Jonathan Papelbon 396 games
Mike Timlin 394
Manny Delcarmen 289

Started
Tim Wakefield 243
Josh Beckett 173
Jon Lester 154

Innings pitched
Tim Wakefield 1550.1
Josh Beckett 1112.2
Jon Lester 957.2

Wins
Tim Wakefield 95
Josh Beckett 84
Jon Lester 76

Losses
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

Strikeouts
Josh Beckett 1014
Tim Wakefield 1002
Jon Lester 894

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

Saves
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.

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.