The Boston Red Sox entered spring training with a defensive mindset. Terry Francona preached run prevention defense every day of April. Theo Epstein and the Red Sox went out and acquired a few gold glove defensive players such as third baseman Adrian Beltre, center fielder Mike Cameron and shortstop Marco Scutaro. Francona and Epstein said over and over that the new Boston Red Sox look is going to be strongly relying on defense and pitching.
After starting the season 11-14, the Red Sox have not sold anyone on their run prevention theory. The preaching and praising about run prevention seems now, more than ever, an excuse to keep us from going crazy with the players that were added to the team compared to those that we lost in the off season.
With a total of 19 errors in the 25 game season, the Red Sox have a .980 fielding percentage. Boston's pitching is also on the bottom end of the line in the American League with a 4.78 team ERA on 122 earned runs. The Sox have walked 95 batters while opposing teams are batting .267 against our pitchers. If we are going to pride ourself on defense and run prevention, then we need to be putting up 6-7 runs a game offensively to produce any wins after starting the season 7 games back.
Thanks to VickieVictoria for the photo of Theo Epstein.