Putting Sox offense in historical perspective

The runs keep coming, and so do the historical comparisons.

With a 14-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday, the Boston Red Sox have put together a nearly unprecedented stretch of offensive success.

It marked the sixth time in their past 29 games that the Red Sox have scored at least 14 runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other team with six 14-run games in a single-season span of less than 30 games was the 1930 New York Yankees. That team, led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, pulled it off seven times in just 20 games.

The Red Sox may not have Ruth and Gehrig, but their offense has been something to behold.

In the last 29 games alone, Boston has matched its most 14-run games in a season since 2003. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1950 (seven) to find the last time the Red Sox had more than six such games in a season.

This is also the ninth time in 29 games that Boston has put up 10 or more runs. You have to go back to 2007 and, again, 1950 to find the last Red Sox teams to pull that off.

For the 2011 Red Sox, there’s no greater offensive compliment than being mentioned along with the 1950 squad. That year, the Red Sox averaged a franchise record 6.67 runs per game and hit .302 as a team, despite losing Ted Williams to a fractured elbow at the All-Star Game. Billy Goodman took over in left. All he did was win the batting title. Walt Dropo (.322 BA, 34 HR, 144 RBI) won the Rookie of the Year, while Vern Stephens drove in 144 runs as a shortstop. The lowest batting average for a regular? Future Hall-of-Famer Bobby Doerr hit .294, while matching a career-high 27 home runs.

The 2011 Red Sox won’t match those 1950 numbers, but they just might be the best thing since.

Boston is currently averaging 5.49 runs per game, which leads the majors and would be the ninth-highest in franchise history. This comes despite averaging 4.1 runs in April.

Since May 1, Boston is averaging 6.26 runs per game. If that pace can be maintained, and even with that poor April, the Red Sox would finish at 5.92 runs per game. That would be just shy of the 2003 team (5.93) for second-highest in franchise history.

In June, Boston is averaging 7.76 runs per game, the most since that 1950 team put up 8.45 runs per game in June of that season. For the third time this season, the Red Sox have won back-to-back games by at least nine runs. In all, they’ve won seven games by at least that margin. No other team has more than four such wins. In fact, the Red sox have already matched the 2010 total of the Tampa Bay Rays, who had the most such wins in the AL.

Look at it this way: In four of their past nine games, the Red Sox have won by at least nine runs. The Rangers are the only other team with four nine-run wins this season. The Padres are one of four teams that have not won a game by nine runs this season.