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David Price pitching like the ace he was brought in to be ….. who knew ?

David Price pitching like the ace he was brought in to be ….. who knew ?

                RED SOX NOTES (88-36)

 

THE RED SOX earned their ML-leading 88th win of the season, improving their winning percentage to a ML-best .710.

·       Have won 7 of their last 8 games, 13 of their last 15, 17 of their last 20, and 32 of their last 39…Since 5/19, are 58-21 (.734).

·       Are a season-high 52 games over .500…Prior to this season, had not been as high over .500 since the end of play on 9/29/46 (+54, 104-50).

·       Their 88 wins are their most ever through 124 team games (previous: 85 in 1912, 1946)…Are the 4th team in the Expansion Era (1961-pres.) to win as many as 88 of their first 124 games, joining the 1998 Yankees (114-48), 2001 Mariners (116-46), and 2017 Dodgers (104-58).

·       Are the 14th team in MLB’s Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win as many as 88 of their first 124 games…Of the previous 13, 12 went on to win their league’s pennant, and 6 won the World Series.

·       Won their 6th straight home game…Have won 10 of their last 11 at home and 20 of their last 23…Their .746 home winning percentage (44-15) is MLB’s best.

·       Clinched the series victory, improving to 11-4 vs. the Rays this season…Improved to 28-7-5 in series this season, including 15-3-1 at home.

·       The Red Sox are 10-0-3 in their last 13 series, marking their longest unbeaten series streak since 1972 (10-0-6; source: Elias).

·       Lead the majors with a +218 run differential, their highest through 124 games in franchise history…Since 1970, the only teams with a higher run differential through 124 games are the 1998 Yankees (+271) and the 2017 Dodgers (+219).

·       Have a 2.32 club ERA in their last 7 games (16 ER/62.0 IP)…Rank 2nd in the AL with a 3.48 ERA this season (433 ER/1,121.1 IP).

·       Have scored 5+ runs a ML-best 73 times, going 63-10 (.863) in those games.

·       Scored 4 runs in the 1st inning…Was the 6th time this season the Red Sox have scored 4+ runs in the 1st inning (last 7/6 at KC)…Are 6-0 in those games.

·       Stole 2 bases, tying CLE for the ML lead with 98 this season…Are 49-18 (.731) when they steal a base this season, and 17-5 (.773) when they steal 2+ bases.

·       Their 98 SB are the most by any Red Sox team through 124 games in the live ball era (previous: 97 in 2009).

 DAVID PRICE (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO) allowed 2 runs over 7.0 IP, striking out 8 in his 4th straight win…Surrendered a 2-run HR in the 6th, his first HR allowed in 31.1 IP.

·       The Red Sox have won each of his last 7 starts and 15 of his last 17.

·       Has started 18 team wins this season, tied for the 2nd-most in the AL (Luis Severino, 19; Gerrit Cole, 18).

·       Is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA (5 ER/33.1 IP) in 5 starts since the All-Star break…In his last 17 starts, is 11-2 with a 3.19 ERA (37 ER/104.1 IP).

·       In his career vs. the team that drafted him, is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA (31 ER/85.2 IP).

 CRAIG KIMBREL (1.0 IP, SO) earned his 37th save of the season (2nd in the majors) and the 328th of his career (16th all-time).

 J.D. MARTINEZ (1-for-2, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SB) hit his ML-leading 38th HR of the season, expanding the Red Sox’ lead to 5-0 in the 3rd inning.

·       His 38 HR are tied with David Ortiz in 2016 for the most by a Sox hitter since Ortiz’s franchise record-setting 54 in 2006…Are tied for his 2nd-most in a single season.

·       His 38 HR are the 4th-most by a Red Sox hitter in their first season with the club (Dick Stuart, 42 in 1963; Jimmie Foxx, 41 in 1936; Manny Ramirez, 41 in 2001).

·       The only other Red Sox to reach 38+ HR in 124 team games or fewer are Jimmie Foxx in 1938, Manny Ramirez in 2001, and David Ortiz in 2006.

·       Leads the majors with a career-high 106 RBI…No other player has more than 95.

·       Also paces MLB with 72 XBH, including 5 in his last 6 games, 15 in his last 16, and 17 in his last 19.

·       Leads MLB with 298 total bases…The only other Red Sox players with as many TB at this point in the season are Jim Rice (1977-79), Ted Williams (1949), and Jimmie Foxx (1938-39).

·       Has 6 HR in his last 13 games…In his last 22 games, has hit .386/.480/.831, going 32-for-83 with 20 runs, 10 2B, 9 HR, and 24 RBI.

·       Has reached base via hit, walk, or HBP in his last 51 home games (4/12-pres.), the longest home on-base streak in the majors since a 63-game streak by Ichiro Suzuki from 4/22-10/1/09.

·       His 51-game on-base streak at Fenway is the 3rd-longest ever at the venue in a single season, trailing only streaks by Ted Williams (69 games in 1941) and Joe Foy (54 games in 1966).

·       Leads the majors with 22 HR and 60 RBI at home…Is batting .350/.419/.751 at Fenway Park this season.

·       His .725 career SLG at Fenway is the highest of all time, passing Frank Robinson (.724; min. 200 AB)…His 1.151 OPS at the venue ranks 2nd all-time, trailing Robinson (1.188) and having passed Ted Williams (1.149).

·       Drew his 300th career walk…Stole his 5th base of the season, 1 shy of his career high (6 in 2014)…His teams are 18-3 in his 21 career games with a SB.

·       Ranks 3rd in the majors with 92 runs, his 2nd-highest single-season total…Trails his career high by 1 (93 in 2015)…Has scored 5 times in his last 3 games.

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