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Next stop for the Red Sox —- Division Crown

Next stop for the Red Sox —- Division Crown

CLINCHED: The Red Sox clinched a spot in at least the AL Wild Card Game with last night’s 7-2 win over TOR.

>>> This is the 3rd consecutive year in which the Sox have earned a postseason berth, matching the longest streak in franchise history (also 2003-05 and 2007-09).

>>> This is the 24th time the Sox have qualified for the postseason, including the 10th time in 17 years under the current ownership group (Henry-Werner; 2002-pres.).

 STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox lead the majors with 99 wins and a .683 winning %…They are 9-4 in their last 13 games and an MLB-best 43-17 (.717) since 7/2.

The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 9.0 games…Their magic number to win the AL East is 9.

>>> BOS is 53 games above .500, matching its season high (+53)…The only other seasons in which BOS reached as many as 53 games above .500 were 1946 (+54), 1915 (+53), and 1912 (+58).

CHASING HISTORY: At 99-46, the Red Sox would need to go 7-10 (.412) or better in their final 17 games to break the franchise’s single-season wins record of 105 (1912).

>>> This is the 5th time the Red Sox have won 99+ games in a season, having also done so in 1978 (99-64), 1946 (104-50), 1915 (101-50), and 1912 (105-47).

FIRST IMPRESSION: Alex Cora could become the 1st manager to guide a team to 100+ wins in his 1st season with the club since Felipe Alou (2003 Giants, 100-61)…The last person to lead a team to 100+ wins in his 1st year as an MLB manager was Dusty Baker (1993 Giants, 103-59).

>>> The only manager to guide the Sox to 100+ wins in his 1st season with the club is Jake Stahl (105-47 in 1912).

 PRICE CHECK: Among AL pitchers who have thrown 50.0+ innings since the All-Star break, David Price ranks 1st in ERA (1.78; 10 ER/50.2 IP), WHIP (0.89), opponent OPS (.524), and HR/9.0 IP (0.36)…In those 8 starts, he is 4-0 with 53 SO against only 9 BB

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