The Red Sox had 21 more runs scored than any other team in baseball at the start of play yesterday, yet they are doing it without a traditional source: the home run.
The Red Sox were second in batting average (.276) and slugging (.444), first in on-base percentage (.349) and first in OPS (.793), yet in a four-way tie for ninth place in home runs with 86.
The long ball is the quickest known method for piling up runs, but the Red Sox are getting theirs another way: with an MLB-best 184 doubles.

“Let’s face it — the more 20-plus home run guys you have, probably the better, but I also look at the number of doubles we hit,” said manager John Farrell. “If you generate runs by virtue of home run or by combining a very deep lineup, still, the total runs scored are the most important. The only thing that, if we are limited in a way, it’s a chance for multi runs with one swing of the bat late in the game, even though we’ve had times we’ve been able to do that. Across the board, our home run totals to me are made up by the extra-base capability in other ways.”
David Ortiz leads the team in home runs with 16. Next best is Mike Napoli with 10, then it’s Daniel Nava and Will Middlebrooks with nine apiece.