2005 Boston Red Sox Season
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2005 Boston Red Sox Season
2005 Boston Red Sox
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 95-67 (.586)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Henry (New England Sports Ventures)
General manager(s) Theo Epstein
Manager(s) Terry Francona
Local television WSBK-TV
NESN
(Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy)
Local radio WEEI
(Jerry Trupiano, Joe Castiglione)
WROL
(Bill Kulik, Uri Berenguer, Juan Báez)
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The 2005 Boston Red Sox season was the 105th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, the same record as the New York Yankees. The Yankees were deemed the division winner, due to their 10-9 head-to-head record against the Red Sox during the regular season. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but were swept by the American League Central champion Chicago White Sox in the ALDS.

Offseason

The Red Sox made a few notable offseason moves coming off their 2004 World Series championship. The team brought back Jason Varitek by re-signing the veteran catcher to a 4-year $40 million deal.[1] Outfielder Dave Roberts - who played a key role as a base stealer during the 2004 postseason - was traded to the Padres in exchange for shortstop Ramon Vazquez and left fielder Jay Payton.[2]

Management sought to fill the void left by Orlando Cabrera and Pokey Reese at shortstop by signing free agent Édgar Rentería to a 4-year $40 million year with a 5th year option.[1] The move sat well with fans because Rentería was coming off a very successful 2004 campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Rentería hit .287 with 10 homeruns and 72 RBI in 2004.[3]

The Red Sox front office looked to bolster their starting pitching by signing two veteran pitchers. The need for starting pitching was a point of emphasize due to the departure of Pedro Martínez to the New York Mets after 7 years in a Red Sox uniform.[4] The first pitcher signed was former Padres starter David Wells. Wells was coming off a surprising 2004 season with the Padres in which he posted a 3.73 ERA over 195 innings pitched at the age of 41.[5] The second pitcher signed was former Cubs starter Matt Clement. Clement was coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 3.68 ERA over 181 innings pitched.[6]

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 -- 53-28 42-39
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 -- 54-27 41-40
Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 0.494 15 43-38 37-44
Baltimore Orioles 74 88 0.457 21 36-45 38-43
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67 95 0.414 28 40-41 27-54


Record vs. opponents

2005 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL 
Baltimore -- 8-10 2-6 1-6 3-5 4-2 2-4 3-3 7-11 4-6 7-3 12-6 4-6 9-10 8-10
Boston 10-8 -- 4-3 4-2 6-4 4-2 6-4 4-2 9-10 6-4 3-3 13-6 7-2 7-11 12-6
Chicago 6-2 3-4 -- 14-5 14-5 13-5 4-6 11-7 3-3 2-7 6-3 4-2 3-6 4-2 12-6
Cleveland 6-1 2-4 5-14 -- 12-6 13-6 3-5 10-9 3-4 6-3 7-3 4-6 3-3 4-2 15-3
Detroit 5-3 4-6 5-14 6-12 -- 10-9 4-6 8-11 1-5 1-5 5-4 5-2 4-2 4-3 9-9
Kansas City 2-4 2-4 5-13 6-13 9-10 -- 2-7 6-13 3-3 2-4 2-7 3-5 2-8 3-6 9-9
Los Angeles 4-2 4-6 6-4 5-3 6-4 7-2 -- 6-4 6-4 10-9 9-9 4-5 15-4 1-5 12-6
Minnesota 3-3 2-4 7-11 9-10 11-8 13-6 4-6 -- 3-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 3-6 4-2 8-10
New York 11-7 10-9 3-3 4-3 5-1 3-3 4-6 3-3 -- 7-2 7-3 8-11 7-3 12-6 11-7
Oakland 6-4 4-6 7-2 3-6 5-1 4-2 9-10 6-4 2-7 -- 12-6 4-5 11-8 5-5 10-8
Seattle 3-7 3-3 3-6 3-7 4-5 7-2 9-9 4-6 3-7 6-12 -- 4-2 6-13 4-6 10-8
Tampa Bay 6-12 6-13 2-4 6-4 2-5 5-3 5-4 0-6 11-8 5-4 2-4 -- 6-2 8-11 3-15
Texas 6-4 2-7 6-3 3-3 2-4 8-2 4-15 6-3 3-7 8-11 13-6 2-6 -- 7-3 9-9
Toronto 10-9 11-7 2-4 2-4 3-4 6-3 5-1 2-4 6-12 5-5 6-4 11-8 3-7 -- 8-10


Notable transactions

  • December 19, 2004: Édgar Rentería was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[7]
  • January 10, 2005: Josías Manzanillo was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[8]
  • May 2, 2005: John Olerud was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[9]
  • June 7, 2005: Jacoby Ellsbury was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (23rd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 2005.[10]
  • June 7, 2005: Clay Buchholz was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round (42nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed June 23, 2005.[11]
  • July 19, 2005: Alan Embree was released by the Boston Red Sox.[12]
  • August 9, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox.[13]
  • August 19, 2005: Mark Bellhorn was released by the Boston Red Sox.[14]
  • August 25, 2005: Ricky Bottalico was released by the Boston Red Sox.[13]

Opening Day Lineup

Roster

Game log

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Jason Varitek 133 470 132 .281 22 70
1B Kevin Millar 134 449 122 .272 9 50
2B Mark Bellhorn 85 283 61 .216 7 28
SS Edgar Reneteria 153 623 172 .276 8 70
3B Bill Mueller 150 519 153 .295 10 62
LF Manny Ramirez 152 554 162 .292 45 144
CF Johnny Damon 148 624 197 .316 10 75
RF Trot Nixon 124 408 112 .275 13 65
DH David Ortiz 159 601 180 .300 47 148

Other batters

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

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ER = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
David Wells 30 184.0 15 7 4.45 107
Matt Clement 32 191.0 13 6 4.57 146
Tim Wakefield 33 225.1 16 12 4.15 151
Bronson Arroyo 35 205.1 14 10 4.51 100
Curt Schilling 32 93.1 8 8 5.69 87
Wade Miller 16 91.0 4 4 4.95 64

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS

Game Score Date
1 Boston 2, Chicago 14 October 4
2 Boston 4, Chicago 5 October 5
3 Chicago 5, Boston 3 October 7

The Chicago White Sox swept the Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The White Sox went on to win the World Series that year against the Houston Astros. The Red Sox were forced to play in the 2005 Postseason as a wild card team even though they had the same regular season record as their interdivision rival the New York Yankees. That is due to the fact that the Yankees had won the regular season head to head matchups versus the Red Sox 10-9.

A crucial moment of the series came in game 2 when Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino made a crucial error that led to the White Sox scoring 3 unearned runs in the fifth inning. A slow groundball hit to the right side of the infield was able to get past Graffanino and a key double play was not turned. Later in the inning, White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hit a 3-run homerun to give the White Sox a 1 run lead.[15] Red Sox pitcher David Wells was pitching well in the game until the error. The error is viewed by many fans as having the Red Sox lose Game 2 and eventually the American League Division Series.

Red Sox ace Curt Schilling did not start a game in the American League Division Series after pitching in the last game of the season against the Yankees.

Farm system

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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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