I don’t know about anybody else, but to me the Boston Red Sox are clearly the favorite to win the American League pennant.
This season their bats have exploded as they once hit eight home runs in a single game and Mike Napoli launched around four grand slams in one season. No idea what sparked this franchise to do so well this season, but they’re looking pretty good all around.
They suffered some set backs in their starting rotation but were able to pick up Jake Peavy to add another strong arm to their starting five. With the ALCS kicking off today against the Detroit Tigers in Boston, the Red Sox are going to look to add eight more long balls in a hopeful game 1.
Yeah I know, eight is another number that will be hard to come across for this team to hit in one game. Maybe two or three, but still, they’re the heavy favorites in this series but you can’t count out the Tigers just yet. It’s a seven game series, not a basic two, three or four game set.
The post season is all about surprises and clutch moments. Now when it comes to this Red Sox line up, I was looking around for some news on them and found something interesting.
ESPN’s Buster Olney posted a list of Top 11 teams who have seen the most pitches in a single season. The Boston Red Sox currently sit at the top of the list with 25,664 pitches seen. That means this group is making opposing pitchers work their hardest.
Here’s the rest of the list.
2. Minnesota Twins – 25,027
3. Oakland Athletics – 24,500
4. New York Mets – 24,331
5. Arizona Diamondbacks – 24, 288
6. Tampa Bay Rays – 24, 219
7. Seattle Mariners – 24, 138
8. Detroit Tigers – 24 040
9. Toronto Blue Jays – 23, 955
10. Cincinnati Reds – 23,955