From First to Last: 2013 and 2015 Red Sox Season Comparison

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By Maria Santora 9/17/2015

Within two seasons, the Red Sox have gone from sold out stadiums and celebratory confetti to unfavorable scoreboards and looks of defeat.

In what was projected to be another successful year for the Sox, has ended up being one of the worst seasons in team history. Currently in last place in the AL East at 68-75, the Sox have pretty much guaranteed themselves a spot on their living room couches for the 2015 playoff series.

One of the greatest differences between the 2013 Championship season and the current 2015 season is the team’s offense.

In the offseason the Boston Red Sox spent $245.0 million on 6 players, including power-hitters Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Most fans assumed, with the addition of Sandoval and Ramirez, that the offense would be the least of the Red Sox’s problems.  But with 19 games remaining in the 2015 season, the Sox have seen a decrease in every offensive statistic except one (number of triples hit)

From 2013 to 2015 the Sox have produced nearly 200 fewer hits and runs scored.  The team batting average dropped from 2.77 to 2.67 and their run differential is the fourth worst in the entire MLB at -20.  In 2013, Boston’s run differential was +197.

If you’re wondering if the $183 million of the $245.0 million spent specifically on Sandoval and Ramirez in the offseason has paid off, I can assure you, that money has not been well spent.

Ramirez, with a .249 batting average, and Sandoval, with a .247 batting average, are ranked 16th and 17th respectively for the team’s overall best batting averages. They have hit a combined total of 29 home runs, which would be impressive except they’ve only hit 12 total home runs since June 1, 2015.

Even David Ortiz, notably one of the greatest clutch- hitters in baseball history has seen some of his numbers drop this season. From 2013 to 2015, his batting average has dropped from a .309 to a .273.

But this disappointing season cannot solely be blamed on the Sox’s inability to swing the bat. Boston has not had the most impressive year on the mound either.

The team’s ERA, within two seasons has jumped from a 3.79 to a 4.44.  They’ve also thrown nearly 220 fewer strikeouts this season than they did during their championship season.  Add in their 630 earned runs, the fifth most in the MLB, and you have a very unsatisfactory season.

Even the fans failed to do as good of a job in 2015 as they did in 2013.  The average attendance dropped by about 200,000 people.

Sox fans might be hanging up their baseball caps a little early this year, but as tradition shows, next year could bring in more wins and more success.