Originally Posted by doublem23
This is the exact kind of misconception that is out there. There was nothing dangerous about the '05 Sox offense. They were only dangerous because they were so heavily buoyed by the pitching staff, but if the pitching on that team was only "very good" or "excellent," it's hard to see how they could have won the division or even made the playoffs. You're looking at a team that won 8 games more than it's Expected W-L, had a .650 winning percentage in 1-run games (that's INSANE).
That team did not have an offense built to win. They were lucky enough to have a pitching staff that could win despite their clear, obvious, and numerous flaws. And they got lucky repeatedly. Most great teams do though, so it's all good. Finally it was the Sox's year to do so.
It really shouldn't be a surprise that a team that won 99 games overall (.611 winning %) was .650 in one-run games.
"I have the ultimate respect for White Sox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Red Sox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country." Jim Caple, ESPN (January 12, 2011)
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