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Sale links to extend Sox streak to 9 straight tonight

Sale links to extend Sox streak to 9 straight tonight

STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox lead MLB with 64 wins and own the majors’ highest winning percentage (.688).
>>> This is the 1st time BOS has been 35 games above .500 since the end of play on 10/2/04 (98-63)…They were last 36 games over .500 after a win on 10/1/78 (99-63).
>>> The Sox are 36-15 (.706) in their last 51 games, including 13-2 in their last 15, and 15-3 in their last 18.

CRAZY EIGHTS: The Red Sox have won their last 8 games, MLB’s longest active win streak and tied for the club’s 2nd-longest of the season (9 from 3/30-4/10; 8 from 4/12-20).
>>> The only other seasons in which the Sox had as many as 3 win streaks of 8+ games were 1978 (4), 1946 (3), and 1912 (3).
>>> The Sox have not had multiple win streaks of 9+ games in a season since 1948 (13 G and 9 G).

EASTERN STANDARD: The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 3.5 games in the AL East, their largest lead since being a season-high 4.0 games ahead at the end of play on 4/26.

SUMMER SALE EVENT: Chris Sale is making his 200th career start tonight…According to Elias, the MLB record for most strikeouts in a player’s first 200 starts was held by Pedro Martinez (1,600), but Sale has already passed that mark (1,616 SO as a starter).
>>> In his last 6 starts, Sale is 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA (41.0 IP, 21 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 66 SO).
>>> Sale has recorded 11+ SO with only 1 BB in each of his last 4 starts, the longest such streak in MLB history (source: Elias).
>>> Sale has allowed 0 HR in his last 44.0 IP, the longest homerless streak of his career (source: Elias).

THIS AND THAT: Red Sox catchers have allowed 0 steals in the club’s last 18 games (beginning 6/21).
>>> Blake Swihart is 7 for his last 14 (.500).
>>> The Sox are 18-1 this season when Jackie Bradley Jr. records at least 1 RBI (14-0 since 5/28), and 19-1 when he has at least 1 XBH (8-0 since 6/9).
>>> Matt Barnes has allowed 0 runs and 2 hits in his last 9 games (9.0 IP, 2-for-31, 2 BB, 16 SO).
>>> Craig Kimbrel has converted each of his last 18 save opportunities (beginning 5/10).

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