Red Sox make a run at historic 100-win season

Red Sox make a run at historic 100-win season
September 18, 2013, 2:45 pm
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The constant comparisons between this year’s Red Sox and last year’s Red Sox started losing steam sometime earlier this month. For one, because how many different ways can you state the obvious? After five straight months of juxtaposing the polar opposite seasons, it was only natural for those stories to eventually run their course. Second, because at this point, who wants to waste any more time and energy thinking about last year’s abomination when you can just spend it focused on these guys? It’s like if you spent the whole summer walking around Boston saying: “Hey, remember how depressing it was last winter?”
 
But for one quick second this morning I was reminded of last season and a running series of posts I wrote about that team’s pursuit of one of the worst regular season records in Red Sox history. As it turned out, Bobby V’s boys finished 69-93, which was “good” to qualify for the most losses in a season since 1965, and the second most since 1932.
 
That all came to mind because one of the last remaining subplots of this season (you know, other than clinching the AL East and securing homefield advantage throughout the playoffs) is the 2013 Sox run at the other end of the “regular season record” spectrum.
 
And here’s what they’re looking at:
 
With 10 games left . . .

  • The Sox need eight more wins to reach 100 for the first time since 1946, and for only the fourth time in franchise history. It would be their first time reaching the century mark since baseball expanded the schedule to 162 games back in 1962.
  • They need seven more wins to match the 1978 team for the fourth highest win total in franchise history.
  • They need six more wins to join the 2004 team in a tie for the fifth spot.

I thought this was interesting because if you’d asked me an hour ago, “Which team had more wins: the 2004 Sox or the 2007 Sox?” I would have most definitely guessed the latter. I’m sure the fact that the 2007 team won the division contributed to that false assumption. Just in general, I think we remember 2007 as the more dominant year.
 
In reality, that was just relative to the competition. It’s a reminder of just how good those 2004 Yankees (101 wins) were and adds just a little more perspective to the insanity of that ALCS comeback.
 
But speaking of perspective, we don’t need any more on how great this Red Sox season is compared to last season.
 
They need zero more wins to leave that disaster barely visible in the rearview.
 
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