>>> The Sox are 16-4 in their last 20 games…They went 13-13 from 4/21-5/18, but they are 42-18 (.700) since then.
>>> The Sox lead NYY by 5.0 games in the AL East…Their largest lead of the season is 6.0 games.
BOSTON’S BEST: The Red Sox’ 72 wins are tied for their most ever through 105 games (72-31-2 in 1946).
>>> The Sox are 1 of 24 teams in the Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win 72+ of their first 105 games…The most recent teams to do so were the 2017 Dodgers, 2001 Mariners, 1998 Yankees, and 1970 Reds.
START ME UP: Red Sox starting pitchers have a 1.09 ERA and a .199 opponent AVG in the club’s last 9 games (49.2 IP, 36 H, 6 ER)…According to Elias, the last time BOS starters had an ERA that low over any 9-game stretch in a single season was 2011 (0.88 from 4/16-24).
>>> Sox starters have allowed 0 ER in 7 of the club’s last 9 games, including 6 of the last 7.
>>> BOS starters rank 5th in MLB with a 3.59 ERA, the club’s lowest mark through 105 games since 2002 (3.55).
CY OF RELIEF: In his last 5 starts, Chris Sale is 6-0 with a 0.23 ERA (39.0 IP, 1 R, 67 SO, 6 BB)…Since earned runs became an official stat in 1913, that is the 2nd-lowest ERA for a Red Sox pitcher over any 6-start span in a single season, trailing only Babe Ruth’s 0.16 mark in 1916 (source: Elias).
>>> Elias also notes that Sale is the only pitcher since the mound moved to its current distance in 1893 with 60 SO and 1 or 0 total runs allowed in any 6-game span.
>>> Sale leads MLB in strikeouts (207), SO/9.0 IP (13.21), opponent AVG (.179), and opponent OPS (.530)…He ranks 2nd in ERA (2.04; 1st in AL) and WHIP (0.87).
>>> Sale has allowed 0 runs in his last 23.0 IP, MLB’s longest active scoreless streak…He has allowed 0 HR in his last 63.0 IP, the longest streak of his career and MLB’s 2nd-longest streak of 2018 (Brad Keller-63.1).
THIS LAND IS MORELAND: Mitch Moreland and his wife, Susannah, are asking fans attending today’s Red Sox-Twins game to join them in donating new toys and craft items for children being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital.
>>> “Christmas in July” details and a full list of requested items is attached…The donated items will be dropped off at Boston Children’s Hospital by the Morelands on Monday, 7/30, at 11 a.m. when they will visit with patients and make their own donation to the hospital.