09/29/2003 12:00 PM ET
Red Sox's facts 'n figures
By Mike Diegnan / MLB.com
The Red Sox finished the 2003 campaign 95-67, their most wins since winning 95 games in 1986, their last season to also win the AL pennant. Grady Little became the first Boston manager to win 90 games in each of his first two seasons with the club.
Record vs. Athletics
The Red Sox and A's played two series in August. Both times, Oakland won the first two games before Boston battled back in the third game. In the first series in Oakland, the Sox earned a split when they pounded Mark Mulder en route to a 7-3 win, followed a day later by more dramatics when Manny Ramirez homered off Keith Foulke in the ninth inning to force extra innings, which Bill Mueller won in the 10th. A week later in Boston, the Sox lost the first two games before Casey Fossum filled in for an ill Pedro Martinez and the Sox responded by crushing phenom Rich Harden for a 14-5 win.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Red Sox went 16-19 against teams in this year's postseason field. In addition to going 3-4 against the A's, the Red Sox were 9-10 against the Yankees and 2-4 against the Twins. The only National League playoff squad they faced in 2003 was Florida. The Sox won two of three against the Marlins.
Record vs. winning teams
Boston played 10 teams that finished with a winning record, and the Sox posted a 46-39 (.541) mark against them. They had their most success against Kansas City (5-1), Seattle (5-2) and Houston (3-0). The Sox lost the season series to the Yankees, Twins and A's, but all those matchups were close.
The Red Sox were the bashers of the Major Leagues in 2003. In addition to breaking the Major League record for extra-base hits (649), slugging percentage (.491) and total bases (2,832), the Sox laced 371 doubles, which were two short of the Major League record. Boston also led the Majors in batting (.289), hits (1,667), runs scored (961) and set a new team record with 238 home runs, which was second-best. They finished third to the Yankees and Phillies in walks (620).
MLB hitting stats
Bill Mueller and Manny Ramirez finished 1-2 in the American League in batting. Mueller joined 1999-2000 champion Nomar Garciaparra and 2002 champion Ramirez as recent Red Sox batting champions. Mueller finished the season with a career-high 19 home runs, one of five players to set a new career best (Kevin Millar -- 25, Trot Nixon -- 28, David Ortiz -- 31 and Jason Varitek -- 25). He came one short of having the Sox become just the third team to finish with seven players with 20 or more home runs. The Sox also had eight regulars finish with at least 85 RBIs and four starters hit .300 or better.
Red Sox hitting stats
The Red Sox finished 17th in the Major Leagues with a 4.48 ERA. The Sox allowed the 10th-fewest home runs in the Majors (153) and finished fourth in the Majors (first in the AL) in strikeouts with 1,141.
MLB pitching stats
Despite missing a number of starts because of a strained muscle in his right side and then a bout with a severe throat infection, Pedro Martinez once again was the American League's most dominant pitcher. The ace finished the season 14-4 and led the Majors in ERA (2.22) and finished second in the American League in strikeouts (206). Derek Lowe rebounded from a tough start to lead Boston in wins with 17. Byung-Hyun Kim became the team's closer on July 1 and led Boston with 16 saves in 19 opportunities.
Red Sox pitching stats
The Red Sox were 19th in the Majors in fielding percentage (.982) and turned 130 double plays.
MLB fielding stats
In addition to winning the AL batting crown, Bill Mueller provided steady defense at third base. Manny Ramirez led outfielders with 11 assists.
Red Sox fielding stats
John Burkett (4 G, 21 IP, 2-1, 3.86 ERA)
Johnny Damon (5 G, .409, 2 SB)
Alan Embree (11 G, 7.1 IP, 0-0, 2.45 ERA)
Nomar Garciaparra (13 G, .383, 7 HR, 20 RBIs)
Byung-Hyun Kim (7 G, 10.2 IP, 0-1, 5.91 ERA, 3 saves)
Derek Lowe (8 G, 19.0 IP, 1-1, 2.84 ERA)
Pedro Martinez (4 G, 24 IP, 3-0, 1.13 ERA)
Ramiro Mendoza (18 G, 26.2 IP, 2-1, 2.36 ERA, 1 save)
Lou Merloni (4 G, .333 (2-for-6), 1 RBI)
Doug Mirabelli (2 G, 0-for-2)
Bill Mueller (7 G, .250, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Trot Nixon (11 G, .258, 6 RBIs)
David Ortiz (9 G, .276, 0 HR, 4 RBIs)
Manny Ramirez (52 G, .223, 13 HR, 26 RBIs)
Mike Timlin (18 G, 20 IP, 0-2, 4.50 ERA, 1 save)
Jason Varitek (11 G, .222, 2 HR, 5 RBIs)
Tim Wakefield (6 G, 26.2 IP, 2-2, 7.09 ERA)
Andy Abad, Bronson Arroyo, Adrian Brown, Damian Jackson, Todd Jones, Gabe Kapler, Brandon Lyon, David McCarty, Kevin Millar, Scott Sauerbeck, Jeff Suppan, Todd Walker, Scott Williamson
2003 stats vs. A's
Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez both hit .370 (10-for-27) in the seven games against Oakland. Ramirez also hit three home runs and drove in seven runs. Gabe Kapler went 5-for-11 with three doubles in limited action against the A's.
Derek Lowe and Tim Wakefield each started twice against Oakland. Lowe (1-0, 1.64 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings in his second outing. Byung-Hyun Kim was 1-1 with a blown save in four outings against the A's, while Scott Williamson blew a save on Aug. 19.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Tim Hudson
Adrian Brown (0-for-2)
Johnny Damon (.167, 2-for-12, 2 RBIs, 1 K)
Nomar Garciaparra (.308, 4-for-13, 1 K)
Damian Jackson (.333, 2-for-6, 1 K)
Gabe Kapler (.118, 2-for-17, 1 RBI, 6 K's)
Dave McCarty (0-for-3, 2 K's)
Lou Merloni (.333, 1-for-3, 1 K)
Kevin Millar (0-for-3, 1 K)
Doug Mirabelli (.333, 1-for-3)
Bill Mueller (0-for-9, 2 K's)
Trot Nixon (.167, 2-for-12, 1 RBI, 3 K's)
David Ortiz (.222, 4-for-18, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6 K's)
Manny Ramirez (.316, 6-for-19, 3 RBIs, 5 K's)
Jason Varitek (.091, 1-for-11, 5 K's)
Todd Walker (.231, 3-for-13, 4 K's)
Pedro Martinez career vs. Oakland hitters
Eric Chavez (.143, 3-for-21, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 6 K's)
Erubiel Durazo (0-for-4, 3 K's)
Jermaine Dye (.286, 6-for-21, 2 RBIs, 8 K's)
Mark Ellis (1.000, 2-for-2)
Scott Hatteberg (0-for-3, 1 K)
Ramon Hernandez (.273, 3-for-11, 1 RBI, 3 K's)
Mark Johnson (.125, 1-for-8, 4 K's)
Terrence Long (.231, 3-for-13, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K's)
Frank Menechino (0-for-5, 3 K's)
Chris Singleton (.280, 7-for-25, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 K's)
Miguel Tejada (.238, 5-for-21, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 7 K's)
Compiled by Mike Diegnan