RED SOX NOTES (108-54)
THE RED SOX beat the Yankees in the season finale, finishing the season with a franchise-record 108 wins.
· Finished with the majors’ best record at 108-54 (.667) and will have home field advantage throughout the postseason.
· Are 1 of 7 AL teams ever to win as many as 108 games, and the 4th AL East club to do so (also BAL in 1969, 109; BAL in 1970, 108; NYY in 1998, 114).
· Alex Cora’s 108 managerial wins are 2nd-most ever for an individual in his first season as an MLB manager, trailing only Ralph Houk (1961 Yankees, 109-53)…Are also the 2nd-most for a manager in his first season with a club.
· Finished with the 4th-highest winning percentage in Red Sox history, the highest since 1946 (.675, 104-50).
· Won the AL East by 8.0 games, their broadest margin of victory for any division title in franchise history (previous: 7.0 in 1995)…Marks their 10th division title, including a franchise-record 3 in a row from 2016-18.
· Held the ML’s best home record at 57-24 (.704), marking their best home winning percentage since 1978 (.720, 59-23).
· Won the season series vs. the Yankees (10-9), including a 7-3 record at Fenway…This marks the first season ever in which both clubs have won 100+ games.
· Scored 10 runs, their 5th game this season with 10+ runs vs. NYY…Is the 6th season in which the Red Sox have had 5 or more such games (last 5 in 2003)…Their 4 wins vs. NYY this season with a margin of 8+ runs are their 2nd-most such games ever vs. NYY in a single season (5 in 1959).
· Have scored 6.11 runs per game vs. NYY this season (116 R/19 games), their 4th-highest average ever over the clubs’ season series (6.82 in 1959, 6.32 in 2013, 6.26 in 2005).
· Hit 208 HR this season, tied for 7th-most in franchise history, including 19 in their last 10 games…Recorded an ML-best 592 XBH, 3rd-most in club history (649 in 2003, 620 in 2004).
· Were the only team in the majors that did not lose 4 straight games at any point this year…The only other seasons in which the Red Sox have gone the whole year without losing 4+ games are 1903 and 2013…Won the World Series in both of those years.
· Used 22 players in today’s win, matching their most in a single game since 1908 (4th time)…Their only other such 9-inning game in that time was on 9/28/69 vs. DET.
· Recorded their 45th sellout of the season…Finished 2018 with a total home attendance of 2,895,575.
J.D. MARTINEZ (2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI) recorded his ML-leading 59th multi-hit game of the season, singling and hitting his 43rd HR of the year.
· Finished the season batting .330 with 43 HR and 130 RBI…The only other Red Sox hitters ever to hit at least .330 with 40+ HR and 130+ RBI are Ted Williams in 1949 and Jimmie Foxx in 1936 and 1938…The last ML hitter to do that was Miguel Cabrera (2013).
· His 43 HR, 2nd-most in the majors, are the most by a Sox hitter since David Ortiz’s franchise-record-setting 54 in 2006…Are tied for 8th all-time by a Sox hitter.
· Are the most HR ever by a Red Sox hitter in his first season with the club, passing a record set by Dick Stuart in 1963.
· Leads the majors with a career-high 130 RBI, the most by a Red Sox hitter since David Ortiz’s 137 in 2006…Are the 4th-most by a Red Sox hitter in his first season with the club (Ted Williams, 145 in 1939; Jimmie Foxx, 143 in 1936; Vern Stephens, 137 in 1948).
· Is the 9th Red Sox hitter ever to drive in 130+ runs, joining David Ortiz (2004-06), Manny Ramirez (2004-05), Mo Vaughn (1996), Jim Rice (1978-79), Vern Stephens (1948-50), Walt Dropo (1950), Ted Williams (1939, ’42, ’49), and Jimmie Foxx (1936, ’38).
· Finished 2nd in the majors with a .330 AVG, trailing only Mookie Betts…Marks the first season since 1942 in which the Red Sox have featured MLB’s top 2 hitters by AVG (1. Ted Williams, .356; 2. Johnny Pesky, .331; 3. Ernie Lombardi, .330).
· Finished 2nd in the AL with a team-leading 188 hits, a career high…Set a career high with 82 XBH.
· Extended his career high with his 110th and 111th runs, including 6 in his last 4 games.
· Leads the majors with 37 multi-RBI games and 17 games with 3+ RBI…Has 9 HR with multiple runners on base this season, the most in the majors.
· Leads the majors with 358 total bases, a career high…Is the 10th Red Sox hitter to reach 350 total bases in a season (17 times; last Mookie Betts in 2016).
· Leads the majors with 26 HR and 77 RBI at home this season…Are the most HR and RBI in a single season at Fenway since Mo Vaughn in 1996 (27, 81).
· Since 2015, has hit .374/.402/.650 in 32 games vs. NYY (466-for-123, 11 2B, 3B, 7 HR, 29 RBI)…Includes a .333/.367/.597 batting line in 18 games this year.
MOOKIE BETTS (1-for-2, R) singled to lead off the home half of the 1st inning and came around to score his ML-leading 129th run.
· Won his first ML batting title with a batting average of .346, the highest by a Red Sox hitter since Manny Ramirez in 2002 (.349).
· Is the Sox’ first AL batting champion since Bill Mueller in 2003 (.326)…The last Red Sox hitter to lead the majors outright in AVG was Wade Boggs in 1988 (.366).
· According to Elias, is the first player ever to win a batting title while also recording 30+ HR and 30+ SB.
· The only other Red Sox hitters ever to hit .340+ with 80+ XBH are Ted Williams (4 times) and Jimmie Foxx (1938).
· His 129 runs are the most by a Sox hitter sinceDom DiMaggio in 1950 (131)…Are the most by any ML hitter in a season in which he played 136 or fewer games since Jimmie Foxx scored 130 in 124 games with BOS in 1939.
· His 129 runs are the most by a Red Sox hitter at the age of 25 or younger since Ted Williams in 1942 (141).
· Over his last 6 regular-season games, went 14-for-23 (.609) with 11 runs, 5 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, and 3 BB…Scored at least 1 run in each of those games.
· Scored 20 runs in September…Also scored 20+ plus runs in April (29), May (23), July (20), and August (25)…Scored 12 times in 16 games in June.
· In 17 games vs. the Yankees this season, has a .415/.506/.738/1.245 batting line.