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Although the Red Sox weren't quite on the Cardinals level when it came to hitting with runners in scoring position during the regular season, Boston's bats were no slouches when the situation popped up, hitting 278 with a .794 OPS, the third-best numbers in baseball.
Despite heroics from David Ortiz and Shane Victorino in the ALCS against Detroit, the ability to produce when there's a runner on second base or third base has all but disappeared for many of Boston's biggest bats during the playoffs:
||BA w/RISP in Reg. Season
||BA w/RISP in Playoffs
Sure, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Victorino have come through with runners in scoring position for Boston in the playoffs, but the lack of production from the heart of the team's order—namely Mike Napoli, Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia—is a cause for concern.
That trio has gone a combined 3-for-36 with runners in scoring position in the postseason, and while they've driven in 10 runs, think about the number of runs that they left standing on base as a result of their failures to come through in the clutch.
Boston simply cannot afford to have three of its biggest bats remain silent in these situations against the Cardinals—it's time for them to raise their games to another level. If they don't, Boston's chances of beating St. Louis take a significant turn for the worse.