Most fans are aware of the Sox’s relentless offensive approach, but this team also is unyielding with its baserunning and vigilant about its defense. Combine that with the preparation of manager John Farrell and his coaching staff, and – presto! – you’ve got the recipe for a worst-to-first revival.
Only four teams ran the bases better than the Red Sox in the regular season, according to Fangraphs’ Runs Above Average for Baserunning – the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles.
Four Sox defenders are elite: first baseman Mike Napoli, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and right fielder Shane Victorino.
Overall, it’s an impressive group with the potential of going worst-to-first.
Source: Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports Red Sox: Team To Beat? by Charles Mager