>>> The Sox are 18-4 in their last 22 games…They went 13-13 from 4/21-5/18, but they are 44-18 (.710) since then.
>>> The Red Sox lead NYY by 5.5 games in the AL East…They took over sole possession of 1st place on 7/2 and have held it since.
BOSTON’S BEST: The Red Sox’ 74 wins are tied for their most ever through 107 games (74-31-2 in 1946).
>>> BOS is 41 games above .500 for the 1st time since 1946, when they entered play on 9/28 at 104-48 (+56).
>>> The Red Sox are 1 of only 18 teams in the Modern Era (1900-pres.) to win 74+ of their first 107 games…The most recent teams to do so were the 2017 Dodgers, 2001 Mariners, 1998 Yankees, and 1955 Dodgers.
START ME UP: Red Sox starting pitchers have a 1.44 ERA in the club’s last 11 games (62.1 IP, 45 H, 10 ER)…According to Elias, that is the club’s lowest starting pitcher ERA for any 11-game span since 1978 (1.38 from 9/20-10/1).
>>> Sox starters have allowed 0 ER in 8 of their last 11 games, including 7 of the last 9, and 3 of the last 4.
>>> The Red Sox earned their AL-leading 11th shutout win of the season last night, already matching their 2017 total.
.SOX & PHILS: Aside from the 2015 season opener, the last time the Red Sox and Phillies played each other while both teams were in 1st place was 2009 (6/12-14).
>>> The Sox have won 18 of their last 20 Interleague games, including 12 of their last 13…They are 24-5 (.828) against the NL since the start of 2017.
>>> The Sox are 11-0-2 in their last 13 home series against NL clubs…They last loss a home Interleague series in 2014 (0-3 vs. CHC, 6/30-7/2).
NATIONAL AFFAIR: Craig Kimbrel is 40-for-40 in Interleague save opportunities…That is the longest streak of successful save chances in Interleague history…In those 40 games, he has a 0.67 ERA (40.1 IP, 3 ER, 19 H, 56 K, 7 BB, 1 HR).
>>> Mookie Betts has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 Interleague games (.400, 34-for-85, 10 HR), including each of his last 13…The only player with a longer active hitting streak in Interleague play is Corey Seager (14 games).