10/04/2004 1:15 AM ET
Red Sox facts and figures
Club eclipses 95 wins for second straight season
By Chris Begley / MLB.com
The American League Wild Card-winning Red Sox finished the 2004 season at 98-64, the most wins since going 99-64 in 1978. It marks the second straight season the Red Sox have eclipsed the 95-win plateau. Boston owned the best record in baseball since Aug. 1, going 42-18 for a .700 winning percentage.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Angels
The Red Sox played three series against the AL West champs. Anaheim swept a two-game series June 1-2 in their backyard, and then the two teams split a four-game set Aug. 15-18 in Orange County. In their three-game season finale at Fenway Park on Aug. 31-Sept.2, the Red Sox won three straight over the Angels to win the series, 5-4.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Red Sox finished 19-18 against this year's postseason teams. They beat the rival Yankees, 11-8, and Angels, 5-4. Boston didn't fare too well vs. the Twins, going 2-4, and 1-2 against the National League East champion Braves.
Record vs. winning teams
The Red Sox went 42-31 (.575) against teams with a winning record. Boston feasted on lesser teams like the Devil Rays and Blue Jays, going 14-5 against each squad. If there was one team the Sox owned, it was the A's. In nine games against the AL West runner-ups, the Sox went 8-1.
After a 162-game slate, one thing is clear: the Red Sox can mash the ball. They finished tied with Anaheim in hitting (.282), but stand alone with a Major League-best .472 slugging percentage, .360 on-base percentage, 949 runs, 373 doubles, 912 RBIs and 2,702 total bases. Boston finished the season with 222 homers, placing them fifth in that category.
MLB hitting stats
Manny Ramirez won the AL home run title by bashing 43 dingers. The last Boston player to win the home run crown was Tony Armas, who banged out 43 in 1984. Boston's All-Star left fielder also finished the regular season with an AL-best .615 slugging percentage. David Ortiz mashed a career-high 41 homers and 139 RBIs.
Red Sox hitting stats
Boston's pitching corps finished third in the league with a combined 4.18 ERA. To say the rotation was healthy would be an understatement. The Sox used only eight different pitchers over the regular season.
MLB pitching stats
Curt Schilling won a Major League-best 21 games, notching 203 strikeouts (third best in the AL) and posting a 3.26 ERA. Pedro Martinez went 16-9 on the campaign, but enters the postseason riding a four-game losing streak. For the first time since 1979, Boston boasts five different pitchers with 10 or more wins in a season. Closer Keith Foulke racked up 32 saves with a 2.17 ERA.
Red Sox pitching stats
Boston finished 10th in the league in fielding percentage (.981), but it could have been a lot worse if not for the addition of former Gold Glove winners Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz.
MLB fielding stats
Cabrera, who becomes a free agent this winter, was a key cog in the Boston infield. Playing in 58 games after joining the Sox after the trading deadline, Cabrera committed just eight errors. Before he was shipped to the Cubs, Nomar Garciaparra had six errors in 37 games.
Red Sox fielding stats
Terry Adams (First postseason appearance)
Bronson Arroyo (3 G, 3.1 IP, 0-0, 2.70 ERA)
Mark Bellhorn (First postseason appearance)
Orlando Cabrera (First postseason appearance)
Johnny Damon (15 G, .311, 1 HR, 4 RBIs)
Alan Embree (19 G, 14 IP, 1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Keith Foulke (5 G, 7.1 IP, 0-2, 6.14 ERA)
Gabe Kapler (7 G, .059, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Curtis Leskanic (3 G, 3 IP, 0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Derek Lowe (13 G, 42.2 IP, 1-4, 3.59 ERA, 1 SV)
Pedro Martinez (8 G, 52.1 IP, 4-1, 3.10 ERA)
David McCarty (2 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Ramiro Mendoza (18 G, 26.2 IP, 2-1, 2.36 ERA, 1 SV)
Doug Mientkiewicz (14 G, .226, 2 HR, 6 RBIs)
Kevin Millar (12 G, .240, 1 HR, 3 RBIs)
Doug Mirabelli (7 G, .308, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Bill Mueller (19 G, .205, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Mike Myers (2 G, 1.2 IP, 0-0, O.00 ERA)
Trot Nixon (22 G, .277, 4 HR, 13 RBIs)
David Ortiz (21 G, .224, 2 HR, 12 RBIs)
Manny Ramirez (64 G, .232, 16 HR, 33 RBIs)
Pokey Reese (First postseason appearance)
Dave Roberts (2 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Curt Schilling (11 G, 86.2 IP, 5-1, 1.66 ERA)
Mike Timlin (26 G, 29.2 IP, 0-2, 3.03 ERA, 1 SV)
Jason Varitek (22 G, .253, 6 HR, 10 RBIs)
Tim Wakefield (11 G, 48.1 IP, 4-4, 5.21 ERA)
Scott Williamson (2 G, 8.O IP, 2-0, 1.13 ERA)
Kevin Youkilis (First postseason appearance)
2004 stats vs. Angels
In their nine games against the Angels, the Sox batted .305 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs. Johnny Damon had the most success, going 13-for-35 vs. Anaheim pitchers. Mark Bellhorn, who usually bats second behind Damon, posted a .323 average (10-for-31). Ramirez, of course, provided the muscle, belting out three dingers.
Schilling was 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in both of his starts against the Angels. Martinez, who gets the ball in Game 2, was 1-0 with a 7.36 ERA. Setup man Mike Timlin didn't have his best stuff against the AL West champs, posting an 0-1 record with a 10.13 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Jarrod Washburn
Mark Bellhorn: .375 (3-for-8), 1 HR, 1 RBI
Orlando Cabrera: .667 (2-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Johnny Damon: .053 (1-for-19), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Gabe Kapler: .273 (3-for-11), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
David McCarty: .375 (3-for-8), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Doug Mientkiewicz: .400 (6-for-15), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Kevin Millar: .300 (3-for-10), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Doug Mirabelli: .333 (1-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Bill Mueller: .429 (3-for-7), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Trot Nixon: .000 (0-for-9), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
David Ortiz: .286 (2-for-7), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Manny Ramirez: .364 (4-for-11), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Pokey Reese: .400 (2-for-5), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Dave Roberts: .333 (1-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Jason Varitek: .200 (3-for-15), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Kevin Youkilis: .667 (2-for-3), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Chris Begley is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.