Red Sox Do What They Do Best -- Just Win Baby

Here’s the thing about the Red Sox — they win.

Season W L Pct
1912 105 47 .691
1946 104 50 .675
1915 101 50 .669
2018 108 54 .667
1903 91 47 .659
1949 96 58 .623
1948 96 59 .619
1904 95 59 .617
1942 93 59 .612
1950 94 60 .610

This is a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games, compiling the fourth-best winning percentage in franchise history (the schedule was expanded to 162 games in 1961).

And just because they advanced to the World Series didn’t mean they would fade into oblivion.

They opened the World Series with an impressive 8-4 victory over the NL Champion Dodgers at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. And they made it uncomfortable for the Dodgers.

It was like they were teasing the Dodgers for six innings, allowing the Dodgers to stay in the game, but answering any attempt the Dodgers made to get control of the game before finally making the grand statement themseleves in the seventh.

In the top of the inning, the Dodgers scored, pulling to within 5-4. In the bottom of the inning, however, pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez took the fight out of the Dodgers with a two-out, three-run home run that provided the final margin of victory.

Will the Dodgers have an answer in Game 2 on Wednesday night?

The Red Sox certainly had the answers in Game 1.

Consider:

—After taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Red Sox found the scored tied at 2-2 after the Dodgers scored one run in the second and another in the third. Red Sox response? With two out in the bottom of the third, JD Martinez delivered a double, scoring Steve Pearce, and giving the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

—The Dodgers tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but in the bottom. … Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox ahead with a run-scoring fielder’s choice, the Dodgers unable to turn an inning-ending double play, and Rafael Devers followed with a run-scoring single for a 5-3 lead.

—And when the Dodgers made noise in the seventh, scoring a run to pull within 5-4, the Red Sox delivered the final blow. Nunez unloaded a two-out, three-run home run.

But be honest.

The Red Sox have put togehter an impressive roster.

They had the best overall record in MLB, winning 12 more games than the Brewers, who led the NL with 96 wins. They also had the best home record and inter-league record in MLB, and had the second-best road record.

In other words, the Red Sox had the ability to win no matter who they were playing, and where they were playing.

Inter-League W L Pct - Home W L Pct - Road W L Pct
Red Sox 16 4 .800 Red Sox 57 24 .704 Astros 57 24 .704
Pirates 15 5 .75 Yankees 53 28 .654 Red Sox 51 30 .630
Cubs 13 7 .650 Brewers 51 30 .63 Braves 47 34 .580
Rockies 13 7 .650 Rays 51 30 .63 Dodgers 47 34 .580
Astros 13 7 .650 Cubs 51 31 .622 Yankees 47 34 .580
Brewers 13 7 .65 A's 50 31 .617 A's 47 34 .580
Blue Jays 13 7 .650 Indians 49 32 .605 Cardinals 45 36 .556
Indians 12 8 .600 Twins 49 32 .605 Brewers 45 37 .549
Dodgers 12 8 .600 Phillies 49 32 .605 Cubs 44 37 .543
A's 12 8 .600 Rockies 47 34 .580 Mariners 44 37 .543
Phillies 12 8 .600 Astros 46 35 .568 Rockies 44 38 .537
Yankees 11 9 .550 Mariners 45 36 .556 D-Backs 42 39 .519
Cardinals 11 9 .550 Pirates 44 36 .550 Indians 42 39 .519
D-backs 10 10 .500 Dodgers 45 37 .549 Nationals 41 40 .506
Reds 10 10 .500 Braves 43 38 .531 Mets 40 41 .494
Angels 10 10 .500 Cardinals 43 38 .531 Rays 39 42 .481
Marlins 9 11 .450 Angels 42 39 .519 Angels 38 43 .469
Rangers 9 11 .450 Giants 42 39 .519 Pirates 38 43 .469
Nationals 9 11 .450 Nationals 41 40 .506 Padres 35 46 .432
Braves 8 12 .400 D-backs 40 41 .494 Rangers 33 48 .407
Twins 8 12 .400 Blue Jays 40 41 .494 Blue Jays 33 48 .407
Mets 8 12 .400 Tigers 38 43 .469 White Sox 32 49 .395
Giants 8 12 .400 Marlins 38 43 .469 Phillies 31 50 .383
Orioles 7 13 .350 Reds 37 44 .457 Giants 31 50 .383
Padres 7 13 .305 Mets 37 44 .457 Reds 30 51 .370
Rays 7 13 .350 Rangers 34 47 .420 Twins 29 52 .358
White Sox 6 14 .300 Royals 32 49 .395 Tigers 26 55 .321
Tigers 6 14 .300 Padres 31 50 .383 Royals 26 55 .321
Royals 6 14 .300 White Sox 30 51 .370 Marlins 25 55 .313
Mariners 6 14 .300 Orioles 28 53 .346 Orioles 19 62 .235
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