This team is very talented. It is not just chemistry.
posted at 9/17/2013 3:04 PM EDT
This Red Sox team does seem to have incredible chemistry. The guys on the squad seem to genuinely have fun while playing. There really have not been any major clubhouse distractions. The players all seem to care for each other as well.
And while I don't deny that chemistry has played a role in the team's success, I think people are overlooking just how talented this roster is.
I think part of it is that a lot of fans/media are looking at this team through oldschool analysis and don't see a lot of guys with huge home run and RBI totals and think this squad is just a scrappy group of guys who are getting by on guts and heart.
But looking at WAR in the AL, Pedroia is 7th, Ortiz is 8th, Ellsbury is 10th, Victorino is 11th, and Napoli is tied for 21st. Now, add that to the fact that Nava is 7th in the AL in batting average, Drew is fifth in OPS among AL shorstops, and so on, and it is no wonder why this team leads the league in runs.
The pitching staff has three guys in Lackey, Lester, and Buccholz who are pitching well and have all had some seasons where they've been aces in the past. And the guy closing out games for them, Uehara, is insanely talented and has been since he came into the league.
Again, I do think this is a really good mix in terms of chemsitry.
But this club is pretty damn talented too.