2008 Boston Red Sox season

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2008 Boston Red Sox
American League Runner-Up
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Henry
Tom Werner
Larry Lucchino
General manager(s) Theo Epstein
Manager(s) Terry Francona
Local television NESN
Local radio WRKO
WEEI
WROL (Spanish)
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The Boston Red Sox' 2008 season began on March 25, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan for the MLB Japan Opening Day 2008. The Red Sox were attempting to become the first repeat World Series Champions since the 1999–2000 New York Yankees and also be the first repeat Champions of the 21st century. They also tried to become World Series Champions three times in five years. At the 2008 MLB All Star Game, 7 Red Sox players were selected. The Red Sox clinched a spot in the American League Division Series with their 5–4 win over the Cleveland Indians. On September 28, the Red Sox officially retired Johnny Pesky's number 6 jersey. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS. Jed Lowrie of the Boston Red Sox became the fourth rookie in MLB history to end a postseason series by a walk-off hit.[1] They then took the Tampa Bay Rays to a seven-game ALCS but were beaten 3–1 in Game 7 on October 19.

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day Lineup[edit]

15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
34 David Ortiz DH
24 Manny Ramírez LF
25 Mike Lowell 3B
44 Brandon Moss RF
33 Jason Varitek C
46 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
23 Julio Lugo SS
18 Daisuke Matsuzaka P

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Tampa Bay Rays 97 65 0.599 57–24 40–41
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 2 56–25 39–42
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 8 48–33 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 86 76 0.531 11 47–34 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 68 93 0.422 28½ 37–43 31–50


Roster[edit]

2008 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Record vs. Opponents[edit]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–12 4–5 4–4 4–3 5–3 3–6 3–3 7–11 0–5 8–2 3–15 4–5 6–12 11–7
Boston 12–6 4–3 5–1 5–2 6–1 1–8 4–3 9–9 6–4 6–3 8–10 9–1 9–9 11–7
Chicago 5–4 3–4 11–7 12–6 12–6 5–5 9–10 2–5 5–4 5–1 4–6 3–3 1–7 12–6
Cleveland 4–4 1–5 7–11 11–7 10–8 4–5 8–10 4–3 5–4 4–5 5–2 6–4 6–1 6–12
Detroit 3–4 2–5 6–12 7–11 7–11 3–6 7–11 4–2 3–6 7–3 3–4 6–3 3–5 13–5
Kansas City 3–5 1–6 6–12 8–10 11–7 2–3 6–12 5–5 6–3 7–2 3–5 2–7 2–5 13–5
Los Angeles 6–3 8–1 5–5 5–4 6–3 3–2 5–3 7–3 10–9 14–5 3–6 12–7 6–3 10–8
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 10–9 10–8 11–7 12–6 3–5 4–6 5–5 5–4 3–3 5–5 0–6 14–4
New York 11–7 9–9 5–2 3–4 2–4 5–5 3–7 6–4 5–1 7–2 11–7 3–4 9–9 10–8
Oakland 5–0 4–6 4–5 4–5 6–3 3–6 9–10 5–5 1–5 - 10–9 3–6 7–12 4–6 10–8
Seattle 2–8 3–6 1–5 5–4 3–7 2–7 5–14 4–5 2–7 9–10 3–4 8–11 5–4 9–9
Tampa Bay 15–3 10–8 6–4 2–5 4–3 5–3 6–3 3–3 7–11 6–3 4–3 6–3 11–7 12–6
Texas 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–6 3–6 7–2 7–12 5–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–6 4–4 10–8
Toronto 12–6 9–9 7–1 1–6 5–3 5–2 3–6 6–0 9–9 6–4 4–5 7–11 4–4 8–10

Game log[edit]

2008 Regular Season Game Log
2008 Postseason Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases; Bold indicates leader in category.

Player G AB R H 2B B HR RBI AVG SB
Aardsma, DavidDavid Aardsma 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Bailey, JeffJeff Bailey 27 50 10 14 1 1 2 6 .280 0
Bay, JasonJason Bay 49 184 39 54 12 2 9 37 .293 3
Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Carter, ChrisChris Carter 9 18 5 6 0 0 0 3 .333 0
Casey, SeanSean Casey 69 199 14 64 14 0 0 17 .322 1
Cash, KevinKevin Cash 61 142 11 32 7 0 3 15 .225 0
Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Cora, AlexAlex Cora 75 152 14 41 8 2 0 9 .270 1
Crisp, CocoCoco Crisp 118 361 55 102 18 3 7 41 .283 20
Delcarmen, MannyManny Delcarmen 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Drew, J. D.J. D. Drew 109 368 79 103 23 4 19 64 .280 4
Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby Ellsbury 145 554 98 155 22 7 9 47 .280 50*
Hansen, CraigCraig Hansen 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Kotsay, MarkMark Kotsay 22 84 6 19 8 1 0 12 .226 0
Kottaras, GeorgeGeorge Kottaras 3 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 .200 0
Lester, JonJon Lester 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Lopez, JavierJavier Lopez 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Lowell, MikeMike Lowell 113 419 58 115 27 0 17 73 .274 2
Lowrie, JedJed Lowrie 81 260 34 67 25 3 2 46 .258 1
Lugo, JulioJulio Lugo 82 261 27 70 13 0 1 22 .268 1
Masterson, JustinJustin Masterson 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Matsuzaka, DaisukeDaisuke Matsuzaka 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Moss, BrandonBrandon Moss 34 78 7 23 5 1 2 11 .295 1
Okajima, HidekiHideki Okajima 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz 109 416 74 110 30 1 23 89 .264 1
Papelbon, JonathanJonathan Papelbon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia 157 653 118* 213** 54** 2 17 83 .326 20
Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez 100 365 66 109 22 1 20 68 .299 1
Ross, DavidDavid Ross 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 .125 0
Thurston, JoeJoe Thurston 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Timlin, MikeMike Timlin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Van Every, JonathanJonathan Van Every 11 17 0 4 0 1 0 5 .235 0
Varitek, JasonJason Varitek 131 423 37 93 20 0 13 43 .220 0
Velazquez, GilGil Velazquez 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 .125 0
Wakefield, TimTim Wakefield 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Youkilis, KevinKevin Youkilis 145 538 91 168 43 4 29 115 .312 3
Totals 162 5596 845 1565 353 33 173 807 .280 120

Pitchers[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
Aardsma, DavidDavid Aardsma 4 2 5.55 47 0 0 48.2 32 30 35 49
Beckett, JoshJosh Beckett 12 10 4.03 27 27 0 174.1 80 78 34f 172
Bowden, MichaelMichael Bowden 1 0 3.60 1 1 0 5.0 2 2 1 3
Buchholz, ClayClay Buchholz 2 9 6.75 16 15 0 76.0 63 57 41 72
Byrd, PaulPaul Byrd 4 2 4.78 8 8 0 49.0 26 26 10 26
Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón 4 2 3.92 7 7 0 39.0 23 17 10 27
Corey, BryanBryan Corey 0 0 10.50 7 0 0 6.0 7 7 3 4
Delcarmen, MannyManny Delcarmen 1 2 3.27 73 0 2 74.1 28 27 28 72
Hansack, DevernDevern Hansack 1 0 4.05 4 0 0 6.2 5 3 1 5
Hansen, CraigCraig Hansen 1 3 5.58 32 0 2 30.2 23 19 23 25
Lester, JonJon Lester 16 6 3.21 33 33 0 210.1 78 75 66 152
López, JavierJavier López 2 0 2.43 70 0 0 59.1 18 16 27 38
Masterson, JustinJustin Masterson 6 5 3.16 36 9 0 88.1 31 31 40 68
Matsuzaka, DaisukeDaisuke Matsuzaka 18 3 2.90a 29 29 0 167.2 58c 54 94 154
Okajima, HidekiHideki Okajima 3 2 2.61 64 0 1 62.0 18d 18 23 60
Papelbon, JonathanJonathan Papelbon 5 4 2.34 67 0 41 69.1 24 18 8e 77
Pauley, DavidDavid Pauley 0 1 11.68 6 2 0 12.1 17 16 5 11
Smith, ChrisChris Smith 1 0 7.85 12 0 0 18.1 16 16 7 13
Snyder, KyleKyle Snyder 0 0 21.60 2 0 0 1.2 4 4 2 1
Tavárez, JuliánJulián Tavárez 0 1 6.39 9 0 0 12.2 12 9 9 6
Timlin, MikeMike Timlin 4 4 5.66 47 0 1 49.1 32 31 20 32
Wakefield, TimTim Wakefield 10 11 4.13 30 30 0 181.0 89 83 60 117
Zink, CharlieCharlie Zink 0 0 16.62 1 1 0 4.1 8 8 1 1
Totals 95 67 4.01 162 162 47 1446.1 694 645 548 1185


* indicates player led their respectable league in that certain category ** indicates player led all of baseball in that certain category

^a Led team in starters ERA ^b Led in team ERA ^c Allowed fewest runs as a starter for the Red Sox ^d Led team in runs allowed. ^e Led team in walks allowed. ^f Led starters in walks allowed.

Awards and honors[edit]

All Star Kevin Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
All-Stars[4]

Hitters

Pitchers

Reserves

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Ron Johnson
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Arnie Beyeler
A Lancaster JetHawks California League Chad Epperson
A Greenville Drive South Atlantic League Kevin Boles
Short-Season A Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Gary DiSarcina
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Dave Tomlin

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lowrie sends Red Sox back to ALCS
  2. ^ "2008 MLB Awards". MLB.com. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hutch Award". Baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "2008 All-Star Game". MLB.com. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Boston Red Sox 2008 Media Guide
  6. ^ milb.com