The Boston Red Sox are white-hot and could be eyeing a run at the history books. On Sunday, the Red sox concluded a four-game sweep of their arch rivals the New York Yankees at home in Fenway Park. The Red Sox were off Monday and currently have a record of 79-34 and hold a 9 ½-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East.
Boston begins a road trip of nine games on Tuesday in Toronto. With 49 games remaining of the regular season, the Red Sox have an outside chance of catching the 2001 Seattle Mariners for most wins in a single-season with 116.
The Red Sox are in rare company at this point of the season. Over the last 110 seasons, only 13 teams had won 79 or more games out of the first 113 they played. However, nine of those 13 teams accomplished that in 1944 or before, which was the time that baseball integrated and when it had only 16 teams and none played out west.
Since the Expansion Era, which was 1961, the Red Sox this season are the fifth team to win 79 of 113 games, with the most recent being last season’s Los Angeles Dodgers with 80 wins.
Of the 13 previous clubs, six ended their season with a winning percentage of .700 or better, which would equate in a 162-game schedule to 114 wins. The Mariners finished 116-46 for a winning percentage of .716.
Seattle was strong right to the end winning 10 of its last 12 games. However, Los Angeles went into a tailspin late in the season losing 16 out of 17 in one stretch and finished the season with 104 wins.
If Boston were to tie the Mariners of 2001 the Red Sox would have to finish their season 37-12 a .755 pace. That level of play is difficult, but the Red Sox team this season is special, considering they are on a run right now over 49 games of 36-13.
The consistency the Red Sox have shown is a huge part of their success this season. Boston has had just one losing streak of three games and that was back in April.
Schedule wise the Red Sox have 24 games left at home in Fenway Park where they are 42-15 this season and 25 left on the road.
The Red Sox have 21 games remaining with teams that currently are playing over .500 and all of those are currently in position to make the playoffs, including six games with the New York Yankees, seven with the Cleveland Indians the leaders of the AL Central, three with the Houston Astros the AL West leaders and interleague series against both the Braves and Phillies the top two teams in the National League East.