STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox lead MLB with 71 wins and own the majors’ highest winning percentage (.689).
>>> The Red Sox lead NYY by 5.0 games for 1st place in the AL East…They lead HOU by 4.0 games for the best record in the majors.
>>> The Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 games, 15-3 in their last 18, and 20-5 in their last 25…They went 13-13 from 4/21-5/18, but they are 41-17 (.707) since then.
>>> The Sox have won 100+ games in a season 3 times: 1912 (105-47), 1946 (104-50), and 1915(101-50).
>>> BOS is 15.0 games ahead of its 2017 pace (56-47) and 14.0 ahead of its 2016 pace (57-46) through 103 games.
MODERN SUCCESS: The Red Sox are 1 of 24 teams in the Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win 71+ of their first 103 games…The last AL club to do so was SEA in 2001.
>>> 21 of the previous 23 teams (91.3%) won their league’s pennant…12 (52.2%) won the World Series.
J.D. POWER: J.D. Martinez recorded his 9th career multi-HR game last night, becoming the 10th Red Sox hitter with 30+ HR in his first season with the team…The last hitter to reach that mark in his Red Sox debut was David Ortiz in 2003.
>>> Martinez leads the majors in HR (31), RBI (85), and total bases (237)…He ranks among ML leaders in AVG (3rd, .323), SLG (2nd, .644), and OPS (3rd, 1.031).
>>> Martinez has 30 RBI in his last 24 games…His 85 RBI this season are 11 more than any other hitter.
SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON: The Red Sox today acquired Nathan Eovaldi from TB…In 10 starts for the Rays this season, Eovaldi went 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA (27 ER/57.0 IP) and a 0.98 WHIP…He ranks 5th in MLB with 6.63 SO/BB (min. 50 IP).
>>> Eovaldi allowed 8 ER over 2.2 IP in a loss on 7/13 at MIN…In his other 9 starts, the right-hander has a 3.15 ERA (19 ER/54.1 IP) and a 0.83 WHIP.