STATE OF THE SOX: The Red Sox have won 4 of their last 5 games and are 8-5 in their last 13…They are 19 games above .500, 1 shy of their season high (73-53 and 81-61).
>>> BOS is even with its 2016 pace (81-62)…At this point last year, the Sox had a 2.0-game lead in the East.
START ME UP: In their last 5 games, Red Sox starting pitchers are 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a .205 opponent AVG (30.0 IP, 23 H, 7 ER, 36 SO)…They allowed 2 ER or fewer in each of those games.
JET LAGGED: The Red Sox are 34-10 (.773) at home against the AL West (27-9) and NL West (7-1) since 5/23/15…BOS has a +128 run differential (335 RS, 207 RA) and a .339 AVG (537-for-1,583) in those games.
BAY AREA VS. BAY STATE: The Red Sox have won 28 of their last 37 home games vs. OAK (.757), including each of their last 6…The Sox have not won 7+ straight home games vs. OAK since 1996-97 (8).
>>> In last year’s 3-game series between these teams at Fenway Park (5/9-11), the Red Sox totaled 40 runs on 48 hits, scoring 13+ runs in 3 straight games for the 1st time in franchise history (W14-7, W13-5, W13-3).
>>> In that 3-game series, Mookie Betts went 7-for-11 with 2 HR, 3 2B, 4 BB, and 8 RBI.
STRAIGHT A’S: Dustin Pedroia (born in Woodland, CA) has hit safely in each of his last 24 games vs. OAK…During the streak, which began on 7/14/13, he has posted a .396/.463/.552 batting line (38-for-96, 6 2B, 3 HR, 12 BB).
>>> Pedroia owns the majors’ longest active hitting streak for any player against any single opponent…It is the 2nd-longest hitting streak ever against the A’s (Del Pratt, 25 games from 1921-22) (source: Elias)