Babe began to concentrate less on hitting and more on pitching. He would only rack up 2 HR (though he batted .325) and for the first time since joining the club, he didn't hold the team lead (Harry Hooper, 3 HR). His pitching however became even more dominant as he pitched to a 24-13, 2.01 season… the best of his career. Carl Mays meanwhile was right behind him at 22-9, 1.74. Despite the amazing duo, the Red Sox came up a bit short as the hitting simply wasn't there. Duffy Lewis (.302)… ruler of Duffy's Cliff, was the only hitter to bat over .265. The team average was just .246 and even though the Babe and Carl Mays led the Red Sox to 90 wins, Shoeless Joe Jackson's Chicago White Sox would take the title. The Red Sox came back at full strength in 1918. The Red Sox finally realized that they could not live on pitching alone and put Carl Mays (21-13, 2.21) and Sad Sam Jones (16-5, 2.25) at the top of the rotation and limited Babe Ruth to just 20 games all season long as he finished at 13-7, 2.22 (at which rate he would have again won 20+ games again if allowed to pitch at least 35 games). Instead the Red Sox experimented by putting Babe Ruth in the Outfield for 300 At Bats. What they got with this experiment brought the most excitement to the batter's box since Tris Speaker's first season at Fenway Park in 1912.