Originally Posted by Lip Man 1
Pitching had a lot to do with it but so did over 200 home runs and finishing in the top quarter of the league in stolen bases, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flys and infield hits.
The Sox won because of their pitching. The offense was yes, "balanced," but it was also "not very good." The 4.57 RPG they scored in 2005 was good enough for 9th in the AL. Very rare for teams to finish the season with a below league average RPG and win the pennant. The offense was good enough to win because their pitching was incredible, but the pitching staff is what carried that team from Game 1 to 173.