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Numbers paint picture of Red Sox dominance

Rob Bradford
August 04, 2018 - 9:00 am

Beating the Yankees is one thing. Doing it during the kind of run the Red Sox are on is another.

Alex Cora's team improved to 77-34 with its 4-1 victory over New York Friday night, increasing the Red Sox' lead over the Yankees to 7 1/2 games. The Sox haven't had such an advantage in the American League East since September 2013.

"They’re ready to play every day," Cora said. "They don’t need quotes, they don’t need a manager to be ejected, they don’t need a race to show up every day and play the game the right way. We don’t need to have team meetings to fire them up. They know where they’re at. They know what we’re doing and on a nightly basis, I can sleep well because I know my team is going to show up and play the game the right way."

It does sure seem like the Red Sox are playing the right way, with the team's crack media relations staff offering some numbers to paint the picture:

- The Red Sox have reached a season-high 43 games over .500 for the first time since the end of play on Sept. 29, 1946.

- Their 77 wins are tied for their most ever through 111 games, having gone 77-32-2 in 1946.

- Are the fifth team in the Expansion Era (1961-present) to win as many as 77 of their first 111 games, joining the 1969 Orioles, 1998 Yankees, 2001 Mariners and 2017 Dodgers.

- Are the 19th team in MLB's Modern Era (1900-present) to win as many as 77 of their first 111 games. Of the previous 18, 16 went on to win their league's pennant, and nine won the World Series.

- Have won 21 of their last 26 games and 47 of their last 66. Have won 16 of their last 19 home games. The Red Sox' 40-15 home record is the best in MLB.

- Have seven more wins than any team in baseball.

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