The Boston Herald’s Gerry Callahan published a piece today that underscores just how special this Red Sox season could be. With just eight more wins Boston will be poised on the precipice of a historic season. If they do this it will be the greatest Red Sox regular season in the past 67 years. In 1946 the Red Sox won 104 games. They have not reached triple digits since.
With the best record in the majors and the biggest lead in the AL, things are looking rosy for the Old Towne Team. The feat is achievable given Boston’s manhandling ways. They have won eight of their last 10 games, 16 of their last 20 and right now it doesn’t look like they’re going to be taking their heavy foot off the gas pedal with their magic number at four. They are 11-3 in September and 50-25 at home. Revel in the this fans. You are witnessing a possible historic performance.
What gives them this decided edge? A patient, grinding approach from one to nine throughout the order. As of September 15, Boston had taken more pitches than any team in the majors and not by a little; 1080 more pitches to be specific. Opposing pitchers have been getting ground to dust by the fifth inning as the Sox wait and see what is their best, sweat them out and then punish them when they make a mistake, which lately has been often.
Red Sox pitching has also surged in the second half of the season. Boston’s team pitching ERA of 3.51 is number seven in the majors (fourth best in the AL) since the All-Star break in comparison to the their 16th best team ERA of 3.91 before the All-Star break.
Hold on kids. This is could get really good.