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  • The 2018 Red Sox Season Thread

    Not many teams have started hot as the 2018 Red Sox

    The 16-2 Red Sox are in elite company

    The Red Sox are fresh off a dominating sweep of the AL West leaders, which means they've now ripped off seven wins in a row. Overall, the Sox are off to a blistering 16-2 start, and that's backed up by a plus-66 run differential. They lead the majors in runs scored, and they rank second in ERA. That Boston has achieved all this while being banged up is particularly impressive.

    What sticks out is, of course, that 16-2 record (it would be 17-1 if not for that blown lead against the Rays on Opening Day). As you would expect, this puts the Sox in elite company. Here's a rundown of the teams since 1900 that have won at least 16 of their first 18 games ...
    1. 1911 Tigers (16-2)
    2. 1918 Giants (17-1)
    3. 1955 Dodgers (16-2)
    4. 1981 Athletics (17-1)
    5. 1984 Tigers (16-2)
    6. 1987 Brewers (17-1)


    While extremes of this sort are always surprising, that the Red Sox are very good isn't much of a shock. The rival Yankees may have won the winter, but coming into the season, the Red Sox are picked to prevail in the AL East. After all, the Sox won the division the last two seasons despite having somewhat disappointing seasons from Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, and Jackie Bradley. It's not out of bounds to assume that all of those players will be better in 2018. As well, the Sox addressed a huge hole with the signing of J.D. Martinez, and David Price almost can't help but be more healthy and more effective this year.

    All of that would still hold if the Red Sox were, say, 9-9 right now. Instead, they're on a 144-win pace. No, that won't keep up, but they've already moved the needle insofar as their playoff odds are concerned. Speaking of which, some Projection Models presently forecasts the Red Sox for a hefty 104 wins. As well, the system gives the Sox a 78.7 percent chance of winning the AL East and a 98.2 percent chance of making the postseason by any means.

    Things are going well for the 2018 Red Sox, you see.

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    Another 3 home run game for Mookie Betts. He became the first player in MLB history with four three-homer games before turning 26.

    Betts snapped a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.

    Betts leads MLB in Home Runs.


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    Last edited by KenFougere; 05-02-2018, 02:43 PM.
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    • #3


      Jason Groome, the top pitching prospect in the Boston Red Sox's farm system, will reportedly undergo Tommy John surgery in the next two weeks.

      Groome is ranked as the No. 85 prospect in minor league baseball by MLB and the second-ranked prospect in Boston's farm system behind only third baseman Michael Chavis (No. 78 overall).
      Last edited by KenFougere; 05-17-2018, 05:49 PM.
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      • #4

        J.D. Martinez's 440-foot homer hit out at an exit velocity of 110 mph, his 26th round-tripper of 2018!
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        • #5
          Mookie running hard toward the league MVP

          https://www.cbssports.com/video/play...s-case-for-mvp
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          • #6
            Mookie hits for the cycle, albeit in a loss.

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            • #7
              Ya Baby!!!

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              • #8
                Well, you guys are the best team in baseball. Congrats.

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                • #9
                  If not for Ian Kinsler foolishly throwing the ball instead of holding it in the 13th inning of Game 3, it could have been a Sweep! It was a very Impressive & Dominant performance!!. Congratulations to The Boston Red Sox and their fans!!!

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                  • #10
                    Nov. 19: Today is Joe Morgan's 88th birthday. Morgan manged the Red Sox to four straight over .500 finishes (1988-1991), including managing Boston to the 1988 and 1990 American League East titles.

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                    • #11
                      thank you Red Sox
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