2009 Boston Red Sox Season

The Boston Red Sox' 2009 season was the 109th in the team's history.[1] The Red Sox came in off a loss in the American League Championship Series during their 2008 season. The team is in the 97th season at Fenway Park, the oldest active ballpark in Major League Baseball.

Roster

2009 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Regular season

The Red Sox opened the season with a postponement due to rain. However, on April 7, the season began at Fenway with the first pitch being thrown by Edward Kennedy.[2] The Red Sox got off to a slow start, going 2–6 in the first eight games. However, the Sox won 11 straight games beginning on April 15. The win streak was Boston's longest since 2006 when they had a 12-game win streak.[3] A highlight of the streak was Jacoby Ellsbury's steal of home on April 26 to cap off a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees.[4] They finished April with a record of 14–8 and tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the division lead. Also, Jerry Remy, NESN color commentator, had surgery to remove a small area of cancer on his lung. While recovering he also got pneumonia. He also was suffering from fatigue and depression. These are the people who filled in for him.
Dennis Eckersley
Dave Roberts
Buck Martinez
Tony Massarotti
Rance Mulliniks
Rex Hudler
Ron Coomer
Ken Rosenthal
Kevin Kennedy
Dwight Evans
Sean Casey
Jim Kaat
Gordon Edes
Bob Montgomery
Frank Viola
Sean McAdam
Brian Daubach
Rick Dempsey

The team flattened out in May, going 15–14 in the month and falling to third in the division behind the Yankees and the Blue Jays. Through the first two months of the season, slugger David Ortiz struggled, batting .185 with one home run. Additionally, pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list after just two starts with an injury that manager Terry Francona attributed to his participation in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Off the field, announcer Jerry Remy, of NESN television, was replaced by Dennis Eckersely beginning on May 6 as Remy began undergoing cancer treatment. Despite these struggles, the Red Sox set an American League record, tying the Major League record, on May 7 by scoring 12 runs without recording an out during the 6th inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians.[5]

The Red Sox took the division lead, and improved to the second-best record in MLB, during June. Through the first half of the month, the Sox played four division leaders, the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies, winning three of the four series and sweeping both the Tigers and Yankees. By sweeping the Yankees, the Sox improved to 8–0 against the team, the best record against them since sweeping the 14-game season series against them in 1912.[6] At the All-Star break, the Red Sox had the second best record in Major League Baseball and held a three-game lead in the division.

The Red Sox faltered after the All-Star break, losing five of six on the road to the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers and batting .192 and scoring 13 runs. In response to the poor offensive performance and to make room for Jed Lowrie's return from injury, Julio Lugo was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for cash and two minor-league players were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Adam LaRoche on July 22, and on July 25 Mark Kotsay was designated for assignment.[7] The Red Sox made a move at the trade deadline, July 31, to acquire catcher Victor Martinez from the Cleveland Indians for pitchers Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price.[8] They also traded Adam LaRoche to the Atlanta Braves for Casey Kotchman.[8] After winning the first eight games of the season against their rival Yankees in the first half of the season, the Red Sox lost nine of the next ten to finish the season 9–9 against them.

One of the stranger victories for the Sox came on August 14 against the Texas Rangers.[9] Going into the top of the 9th inning, the home Rangers were leading 4–2. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in David Ortiz to pull within one run and Jason Varitek was left on second base with no outs. Pitcher, Clay Buchholz came in to pitch run for Varitek with no outs. Dustin Pedroia doubled, but the inexperienced, and potentially tying run, Buchholz, was thrown out at the plate as he hesitated between second and third before attempting to score. All was shortly forgotten when the team scored five more runs to win 8–4. On August 21, Jacoby Ellsbury tied the record for the Red Sox single season record for stolen bases (54), in a game against the New York Yankees, a record previously held by Tommy Harper. Ellsbury then broke the record with his 55th steal on August 25, against the Chicago White Sox.

Opening Day lineup

46 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz DH
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
7 J. D. Drew RF
44 Jason Bay LF
25 Mike Lowell 3B
12 Jed Lowrie SS
33 Jason Varitek C
19 Josh Beckett P

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 103 59 .636 57–24 46–35
Boston Red Sox 95 67 .586 8 56–25 39–42
Tampa Bay Rays 84 78 .519 19 52–29 32–49
Toronto Blue Jays 75 87 .463 28 44–37 31–50
Baltimore Orioles 64 98 .395 39 39–42 25–56
AL Wild Card W L Pct. GB Strk. E#
Boston Red Sox 95 67 .586 W4
Texas Rangers 87 75 .537 8 L2 E

Record vs. opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11
  • Source: MLB Standings Grid

Through October 5, 2009


Detailed record

Team Home Away Total Pct. Gms Left
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 8–1 8–1 16–2 0.889
New York Yankees 7–2 2–7 9–9 0.500
Tampa Bay Rays 6–3 3–6 9–9 0.500
Toronto Blue Jays 6–3 5–4 11–7 0.611
26–9 18–18 44–27 0.620
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 3–1 1–3 4–4 0.500
Cleveland Indians 5–1 2–1 7–2 0.750
Detroit Tigers 3–1 3–0 6–1 0.857
Kansas City Royals 3–1 2–2 5–3 0.625
Minnesota Twins 2–0 2–2 4–2 0.667
16–4 10–8 26–12 0.684
AL West
Los Angeles Angels 2–1 2–4 4–5 0.444
Oakland Athletics 4–3 1–2 5–5 0.500
Seattle Mariners 1–2 1–2 2–4 0.333
Texas Rangers 1–2 1–5 2–7 0.222
8–8 5–13 13–21 0.382
National League
Atlanta Braves 2–1 2–1 4–2 0.667
Florida Marlins 2–1 N/A 2–1 0.667
New York Mets 1–2 N/A 1–2 0.333
Philadelphia Phillies N/A 2–1 2–1 0.667 -
Washington Nationals N/A 2–1 2–1 0.667 -
5–4 6–3 11–7 0.611
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
April 22 14 8 0.636
May 29 15 14 0.517
June 26 18 8 0.692
July 25 13 12 0.520
August 28 16 12 0.571
September 28 15 13 0.536
October 4 4 0 1.000
162 95 67 0.586

Game log

Legend
Red Sox win Red Sox loss Game postponed
2009 game log
2009 postseason game log