To win 96 games (the number that won the AL East in 2010) the Red Sox must play .621 ball the rest of the way. For a full 162 game season, that percentage projects out to 100-62.
So the Sox basically have to play as a 100 win team to match last year’s standard for the East.
Anyone who wants to write off this streak as just part of the course of a season, who would downplay it’s significance, is not living in the real world. I am tired of being told it is of little importance. It is quite possibly (though not certainly) an unmitigated disaster.