Two nights ago (8/2/11), the Boston Red Sox won a 1-run game against the Cleveland Indians off a Jacoby Ellsbury walk-off hit that scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Last night (8/3/11), the Boston Red Sox won a 1-run game against the Cleveland Indians off a Jacoby Ellsbury walk-off home run that scored the game winning run.
These are Jacoby Ellsbury’s first two walk off hits in his career and the come in consecutive games. Things are clicking for the Red Sox and although the offense cooled down a bit, they are finding ways to keep the Yankees at bay.
The Red Sox hold a 1 game lead against the Yankees in the AL East race. The AL East has quite a good standing in the MLB this season… 4 out of 5 teams have winning records (Baltimore, of course, being the one without a winning record).
Boston plays one more game with Cleveland before a weekend series with the Yankees at Fenway Park. This season, Boston holds a 5-1 record against the hated Yankees.
American League East
The Red Sox are holding onto the best winning percentage in the American League with a record of 58 wins and 36 losses (.617 win %). The Red Sox have 68 games remaining this season and if they maintain a .617 winning percentage, they are scheduled to win another 42 games. That would put their record at 100-62 for the season!
A 100 (or more) win season isn’t necessarily a lock for playoff success… many teams know that a 100+ win season and the World Series trophy are a rare combination. However, it would be great as a Red Sox fan to see Boston with a 100+ win season over the Yankees. The Sox were off to a slow start this season and since have been playing better than .617. If you look at the record from May till now, the Red Sox are 47-21. That is a .691 win percentage. Now if you factor in the remaining 68 games along with the win percentage since May 1, 2011, the Record would figure to be 105-57 (47 wins out of 68 games remaining). That would hold true IF the Sox maintain their current winning percentage. I know it is very substantial and there are many variables here, BUT baseball is a game of numbers and averages.
105 wins would tie the Red Sox all time wins record in a season (1912) and would make the top 20 MLB records of all time. To tie the MLB all time record, the Red Sox would have to win 58 out of 68 remaining games. 58 – 10 is not impossible, but also not probable. 58-10 would be a win % of .853. The record is held by both Seattle Mariners (2001) and the Chicago Cubs (1906) with 116 wins.
The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and continued their 6 game win streak into the All Star break. Boston is 1.0 games up on the Yankees.
Boston players heading to the All Star game include: David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. Boston is tied with the 2nd most all stars from one team. The Yankees have the most with 8.
Boston will hopefully keep momentum on their side and continue establishing a lead between themselves and the rest of the AL East. After the All Star break, Boston will travel to Tampa and then Baltimore.
Last night’s 6-4 win and a Yankees loss to the Tampa Bay Rays was enough to move Boston back into first place in the American League East standings. The Yankees may have 1 game in hand (86 games played to Boston’s 87 games played), however, Boston will have the upper hand come the All Star Break because Boston will have an extra day off. Also, more New York players will be affected by traveling to and from the All Star game.
Once the All Star break is over, Boston will be playing against Tampa Bay and then Baltimore while New York will be taking on Toronto and Tampa Bay. All four series will be on the road for Boston and New York. The Red Sox and Yankees won’t play each other until the first week of August when the Yankees travel to Boston for a 3 game series directly after a 4 game series with the Chicago White Sox (they can call it their Sox trip).
As of now, the Boston Red Sox are on pace to reach 97 wins…. BUT keep in mind that they are playing great baseball right now and they had a horrible start to the season. If Boston’s start wasn’t so bad, they might have a 5 or 6 game lead at this point.
Current AL East Standings (as of 7/8/2011 @ 8:34 am est)
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox earned a win against the Toronto Blue Jays last night to come within .5 games of the Yankees in the AL East standings. The Red Sox are 51-35 overall and the Yankees are 51-34 overall.
The Red Sox start a series against the Baltimore Orioles tonight in Boston and it’s a 4 game series that will take Boston up into the All Star Break. Boston has a great chance to take a few wins from the struggling Baltimore Orioles the next few days and move ahead of the Yankees in the standings.
The Tampa Bay Rays are now 4 games behind New York and are also in the hunt of the AL East lead. Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox was just named the player of the month for June in the American League. Although pitchers on the Red Sox are on and off the DL, the Red Sox have found ways to win games and snap the brief loosing streak from 2 weeks ago.
It would be nice to see the Red Sox with a slight advantage over the Yankees in the AL Standings during the All Star break!
After having the best MLB record since April, the Boston Red Sox find themselves praying that interleague play comes to an end. Last night, the Red Sox lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1. The Sox finally had an RBI… and who did it come from? John Lackey… go figure!
Boston needs to wake up their bats, get their $h!t together and reclaim first place in the AL East standings. The All Star game is not too far off and it would be a huge advantage for the Sox if they had a slight lead in the AL East heading into the All Star break. By the way, have you been voting for Sox players to go to the All Star game?
Boston is now 2.5 games out of first place and only 1.0 games ahead of Tampa Bay. Tampa has Boston in the cross-hairs and it would be disappointing for the team and fans to see the team fight back to first place after a dismal start and then fall back to 3rd place.
What this ball club needs is a nice home stand against an AL East team that they are very familiar with… On July 4th, the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The Red Sox need to win this series and take at least two games from Toronto. Additionally, Boston hosts the Baltimore Orioles directly after the Blue Jays. This would be a great time to make up some lost ground. hopefully the Sox can win 3 out of the 4 games with Baltimore. This would significantly put the team in a positive direction before the all star break. We’re looking for Boston to take 5 out of 7 (or better) from their next 7 home games at Fenway.
What could REALLY help the Red Sox though, is winning game 3 against Philadelphia today. It’s a 1:05 game and it would be really nice to see Boston get their bats going in this one. Today’s matchup is Jon Lester vs Cole Hamels. Both pitchers are 9-4 on the season so far. Hamels’ ERA is slightly better 2.49 vs Lester’s 3.36 ERA.
After today, Boston heads to Houston for a weekend series vs the Astros. The weather has been very hot in Texas the past few days and I am hoping that this will not hurt the Sox in any way shape or form. Houston is currently 28-53 on the season, but that doesn’t mean this will be a walk in the park for Boston. They are going to have to earn every run and work hard for a win.
Let’s go Boston! Reclaim 1st place before the All Star Break!