GOING FOR 5: The Red Sox won a 4th straight game yesterday, beating Toronto, 11-4, in the opener of a 3-game set at Fenway…The Sox have matched their longest win streak of the year for a 3rd time (also 7/4-8 & 8/18-21)…The club’s last win streak of 5 or more games was 7/13-21/14 (5 G).
· In these 4 games, including a 3-game sweep of the Phillies over the weekend, the Sox have outscored opponents, 33-13, batting .358 (49-for-137) with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER/29.1 IP) from the 4 starting pitchers.
SOX OF LATE: The Red Sox are 13-6 (.684) since 8/18, tied with the Mets for 2nd best in the majors during that span behind only the Blue Jays (.722, 13-5)…Boston has also won 13 of its last 19 games, and 21 of is last 35 contests… The Sox are 38-34 (.528) in their last 72 games (dating back to 6/16) after starting the year 27-38 (.415).
· The Sox are 5-2 on their 9-game homestand, going 1-2 against the Yankees and then sweeping the Phillies in 3…The stand concludes with these 3 against Toronto.
STOP CY: Tonight the Red Sox face 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey for the 5th time this season…Boston has won 3 of their 4 previous meetings in 2015, with Dickey going 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA (16 ER/25.0 IP).
· The Red Sox are 8-3 this season against former Cy Young winners, having faced Justin Verlander (2-0), Felix Hernandez (2-0), Kluber (1-0), R.A. Dickey (3-1), and CC Sabathia (0-2)…Those pitchers are a combined 0-7 with a 5.51 ERA in 11 starts against Boston this season (40 ER/65.1 IP).