It's the old adage in sports; defense wins championships. It's been proven true in football and basketball, but in baseball? For the Boston Red Sox, check yes. Since 2004, the Red Sox have made the playoffs five times, the ALCS three times and won the World Series twice. People keep a lot of statistics in baseball, but only one directly relates to the Red Sox recent up-and-down performance—defensive efficiency. Baseball Prospectus calculates a team's defensive efficiency rating, which is the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs. The Red Sox have ranked in the top 15 in Major League Baseball three times (the three ALCS trips) and in the bottom 10 the other three years. The last team to win the World Series outside of the top 15 was the 2003 Florida Marlins. This s ...
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