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2005 Boston Red Sox

Opening Day Line-up
1 Johnny Damon CF
2 Edgar Renteria SS
3 Manny Ramirez LF
4 David Ortiz DH
5 Kevin Millar 1B
6 Jason Varitek C
7 Jay Payton RF
8 Bill Mueller 3B
9 Mark Bellhorn 2B
David Wells SP

No one knew what to expect of the 2005 Boston Red Sox. The team was coming off their first World Series victory in 86 years. Their stars had spent the offseason touring with the trophy, appearing on talk shows, and writing books. The team had reached the peak of the sports world in 2004 and no one knew where they'd go from there. Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, Doug Mientkiewicz, Orlando Cabrera, and Dave Roberts were replaced by Matt Clement, David Wells, Wade Miller, Edgar Renteria, and Jay Payton. The team had a new look and a happy fanbase.

The team opened the season against the New York Yankees. A Boston/New York series is always hyped and always looked forward to, but this one was likely the most hyped matchup in baseball history. After the two teams provided an epic battle in the '04 postseason, fans had several months worth of off-season to count down to the rematch. Boston lost 2 of the 3 games.

Curt Schilling began the season on the DL and never looked the same in his return. He was almost no help to the team. Keith Foulke wasn't the same man that he was a year ago. He spent a lot of time on the DL and wasn't effective when he was pitching. Without those two to anchor the staff, the team's pitching, especially the bullpen, was horrible. The Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Kansas City Royals were the only AL teams to allow more runs than the Red Sox. Their starters were good at times, but often inconsistent and couldn't be counted on. Matt Clement, an all-star, fell apart after the All-Star break. Wade Miller never got healthy. David Wells took the mound 30 times, but you never knew what you were going to get. Tim Wakefield, the inconsistent knuckler, was the team's best starter, finishing the year with a 4.15 ERA and 16 wins.


Most Used
C Jason Varitek
1B Kevin Millar
2B Mark Bellhorn
3B Bill Mueller
SS Edgar Renteria
LF Manny Ramirez
CF Johnny Damon
RF Trot Nixon
DH David Ortiz
SP Tim Wakefield
RP Mike Timlin

The Boston Red Sox' 2005 season included the Boston Red Sox attempting to win the American League East and the American League. The Red Sox finished 95-67 and with the same record as the New York Yankees, but although the Yankees had won more previous games, they won the American League East and the Red Sox had to settle for the American League Wild Card.

Regular season

Season standings

Template:2005 AL East Standings

Game log

Template:2005 Boston Red Sox season game log

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS

Main article: 2005 American League Division Series
GameScoreDate
1Boston 2, Chicago 14October 4
2Boston 4, Chicago 5October 5
3Chicago 5, Boston 3October 7

References

1st Half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Boston Red Sox Game Log on ESPN.com


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