Boston Red Sox Among Most Mistake-Prone Teams in MLB

Boston Red Sox Among Most Mistake-Prone Teams in MLB
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

What started as one season of discontent in Boston has stretched across multiple seasons for the Red Sox, with the franchise missing the postseason in 2022 and 2023.

With Alex Cora’s team posting consecutive 78-84 seasons and finishing last in the AL East twice in a row, it’s worth wondering where the franchise went wrong, given the success the Sox have achieved since 2013.

That stretch included two World Series titles (2013 and 2018), with an American League Championship Series defeat in 2021 and a loss in consecutive Divisional Series (2016 and 2017). Unsurprisingly, Boston’s recent slide coincides with a downturn in defensive play, as the Sox rank among the league’s worst when it comes to errors per game between 2021 and 2023.

As we have moved into the depths of the offseason, it is important to dissect what MLB teams can do to follow the formula of successful teams. To aid in your Massachusetts sports betting in the season ahead, BetMassachusetts.com used TeamRankings.com to look at the least to most mistake-prone MLB teams by average errors per game over the past three seasons.

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Errors Per Game Last 3 Seasons

RankTeamAverage Errors Per Game
1St. Louis Cardinals0.446
2Seattle Mariners0.450
3Houston Astros0.457
4San Diego Padres0.470
5Atlanta Braves0.480
6Baltimore Orioles0.483
7Texas Rangers0.487
8Tampa Bay Rays0.497
9Arizona Diamondbacks0.500
T-10Los Angeles Dodgers0.503
T-10Toronto Blue Jays0.503
12Kansas City Royals0.507
13New York Mets0.513
14Minnesota Twins0.520
15Colorado Rockies0.523
16Philadelphia Phillies0.526
17Milwaukee Brewers0.536
18Cincinnati Reds0.540
T-19Oakland Athletics0.547
T-19Cleveland Guardians0.547
21Los Angeles Angels0.550
22New York Yankees0.560
23Chicago Cubs0.567
24Detroit Tigers0.570
25Pittsburgh Pirates0.583
T-26Miami Marlins0.597
T-26Washington Nationals0.597
T-28Boston Red Sox0.603
T-28Chicago White Sox0.603
30San Francisco Giants0.617

Massachusetts sports betting apps list the L.A. Dodgers as the World Series favorite at +450. Atlanta is second at +700.

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Red Sox Among MLB’s Worst in Field

During the last three seasons, the Red Sox have averaged .603 errors per game, which ranks in tie for 29th with the Chicago White Sox and ahead of the dead last San Francisco Giants, who finished at .617 errors per game. Conversely, Boston’s errors per game flagged well behind MLB leaders like St. Louis (.446 errors per game), Seattle (.450), Houston (.457), San Diego (.470) and Atlanta (.480).

As for the year ahead, oddsmakers at ESPN BET Massachusetts currently list Boston at +3000 to win it all, ranking in a tie with Arizona, Minnesota, San Diego and Tampa Bay for 12th overall. 

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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