In sweeping the Yankees for the first time this season, the Red Sox earned a 13-6 season against the Yankees, becoming the first team to defeat them 13 times in a season since Balty went 13-5 against the Yankees in 1976.
Mariano didn’t pitch yesterday. I know they’re still in the wild card race and everything, but they should have pinch-hit with him or something (and they have an off-day today), honestly, so the crowd could pay their respects one more time. Heard the pre-game ceremony was nice enough, anyway.
The Red Sox have won 92 games with 11 to play, beating the 2011 squad’s total of 90. Their magic number to win the division is 4 (and I am very surprised the Twins beat the Rays yesterday). Their magic number to secure home-field throughout the playoffs is 10 (Oakland has 61 losses and have essentially secured the AL West in sweeping the Rangers this past series).
In order to reach 100 victories, one reasonable path might be…sweep the Bautista-less BJs at Fenway, sweep the 2-game set with the Rockies in Denver, win half the games remaining with the Orioles (6, 3 at Fenway starting tomorrow, and 3 at Camden to end the regulah). Unlikely but attainable. Whodathunk? You can probably chalk up a loss the day after they win the division when Farrell rolls out the B squad, though. :)