Doubles record no longer in reach for Sox

September, 10, 2010
OAKLAND -- File this under "Things I learn by reading"

A SOSHer who posts under the handle, Sean Berry, noted at midseason that the Sox were on a record pace for doubles. At the All-Star break, the Sox had 211 doubles in 88 games, which put them on pace for 388 doubles.

At the break, the Sox had seven players with 19 doubles or more, led by Adrian Beltre with 26. The others were Dustin Pedroia (24), Marco Scutaro (22), David Ortiz (21), Victor Martinez (20), J.D. Drew (19) and Kevin Youkilis (19).

Since then, of course, Pedroia and Youkilis have been sidelined for the rest of the season, Martinez was on the DL and missed 22 games and Drew has been in a dreadful start. The Sox came into Friday night's game with just 95 doubles in their past 52 games. They have a total of 306 doubles, which puts them on pace for 354 for the season. At the rate they've been hitting them since the break, an average of 1.8 per game as opposed to 2.4 before the break, they'd finish with 345.

The 2008 Rangers hold the record with 376. The '97 Sox and '04 Sox both had 373.

You can check out Sean's impressive research here.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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