Monday, September 16, 2013

The best Red Sox I've ever seen?

For the past week or so I've been saying that we are in the midst of one of the most impressive stretches of baseball I can remember ever seeing the Boston Red Sox play.  At 92-59 they're now 33 games over .500, the highest they've been since the end of 2004 (remember 2004?) when they finished 98-64.  In their last 25 games the Sox are 19-6, and have outscored their opponents by more than double, 163-79.  It's been a full month exactly since Boston last had a losing streak (August 15 and 16), and they have won 8 consecutive series.

But the thing that really stands out to me is how well they are playing against good teams, 6 of the past 7 of those series wins have come vs playoff contenders.  They swept all three games with Chicago (the lone bad team they've played), took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers and Tigers (division leaders), and also 2 out of 3 from Wild Card hopefuls Tampa and Baltimore.  Oh yeah, and they just finished beating the Yankees 6 times in 7 tries as well.  Those 14 wins in series victories over their last six playoff caliber opponents are 3 more than the 11 it's going to take for Boston to win the World Series.

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