MLB Weekly Notebook: Red Sox Are in 100-Win Club . . . Room for Three More?

The Boston Red Sox enter play today with a Major League-best 103-49 record on the season. In the same division, Boston's archrival New York Yankees own a 93-58 record, while in the AL West, the Houston Astros (95-57) and Oakland Athletics (91-61) have all eclipsed the 90-win mark. To reach the 100-win milestone, the Astros will need to win five of their final 10 games; the Yankees will need to win seven of their remaining 11 games; and the Athletics will need to win nine of their final 10 contests.

 

Across Major League history, three Clubs have tallied 100-or-more wins in the same season in six different campaigns: 2017, 2003, 2002, 1998, 1977 and 1942.Never in Major League history have four teams posted 100-or-more wins.

Is a Quartet in the Making?

Year Team W-L Result
2018 Boston Red Sox 103-49 ???
Houston Astros 95-57 ???
New York Yankees 93-58 ???
Oakland Athletics 91-61 ???
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers 104-58 Lost in WS to HOU (3-4)
Cleveland Indians 102-60 Lost in ALDS to NYY (2-3)
Houston Astros 101-61 Won WS vs. LAD (4-3)
2003 New York Yankees 101-61 Lost in WS to FLA (2-4)
Atlanta Braves 101-61 Lost in NLDS to CHI (2-3)
San Francisco Giants 100-61 Lost in NLDS to FLA (1-3)
2002 New York Yankees 103-58 Lost in ALDS to ANA (1-3)
Oakland Athletics 103-59 Lost in ALDS to MIN (2-3)
Atlanta Braves 101-59 Lost in NLDS to SF (2-3)
1998 New York Yankees 114-48 Won WS vs. SD (4-0)
Atlanta Braves 106-56 Lost in NLCS to SD (2-4)
Houston Astros 102-60 Lost in NLDS to SD (1-3)
1977 Kansas City Royals 102-60 Lost in ALCS to NYY (2-3)
Philadelphia Phillies 101-61 Lost in NLCS to LAD (1-3)
New York Yankees 100-62 Won WS vs. LAD (4-2)
1942 St. Louis Cardinals 106-48 Won WS vs. NYY (4-1)
New York Yankees 103-51 Lost in WS to STL (1-4)
Brooklyn Dodgers 104-50 Did not qualify for Postseason

In last night's contest at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1, claiming  the 153rd win for the National League in Interleague games this season. This year's win total represents the highest number of victories for the senior circuit since Interleague play began in 1997, surpassing the 146 wins during the 2013 campaign. The most wins by either league came in 2015 when the American League compiled a 167- 133 (.557) record in Interleague tilts.

Entering play this weekend with a 153-139 (.524) record against the AL, 2018 is just the fifth time in MLB history that the NL will hold a higher winning percentage than their AL counterparts. The other seasons include: 1997 (117-97, .547); 2003 (137-115, .544); 1999 (135-116, .538); and 2002 (129-123, .512).

The National Way

League 2018 Batting Average ERA
American League 139-153 .242 (2,367-for-9,795) 4.16
National League 153-139 .251 (2,498-for-9,954) 3.93


LINE DRIVES (Compiled from Club Game Notes)

 WINS: The Oakland A’s have won 90 games for their third 90-win season in the last seven years, and their ninth dating back to 2000. Only the New York Yankees (13, including this year), Boston Red Sox (12, including this year) and St. Louis Cardinals (10) have more 90-win seasons dating back to 2000. The 91 wins thus far are a 16-win improvement over last year, and are their most since going 96-66 in 2013.

 PERALTA'S POWER SURGER: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta needs two home runs to become the sixth D-backs outfielder to reach the 30-homer plateau, joining Luis Gonzalez (2000-01), Steve Finley (1999-2000), Reggie Sanders (2001), Justin Upton (2011) and Chris Young (2007). Should Peralta reach 30 homers, it would mark the first time that Arizona boasted multiple 30-homer hitters in back-to-back seasons since 1999-2001. All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (36) and Jake Lamb (30) each reached the milestone last year.

 BASH BROTHERS: St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina belted his 144th career home run on Monday night to match his older brother Bengie for the family lead. José Molina had 39 career round-trippers. Yadier’s 18 homers this season match his total from 2017, and are four shy of his career high (22) in 2012.

 MULTI-HIT MAN: New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil has tied the Mets rookie record for the most three-hit games after the All-Star break in one season (seven), a mark set by David Wright in 2004, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau. McNeil has 17 multi-hit games since July 24th (his ML debut).

 UP-RISING: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton has set the franchise record for home runs by a left fielder (30), breaking Garret Anderson's previous mark of 29. Upton is the first Halo outfielder (other than Mike Trout) with a 30-homer campaign since Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero in 2006 (33).

 IS 400 WINS A LOT? IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT: Including the Postseason, skipper Joe Maddon has now guided the Chicago Cubs to 400 wins since joining the organization prior to the 2015 campaign. The Cubs have 381 regular season victories, by far the most in all of Baseball in that span and a Cubs franchise record for the most wins within a manager’s first four years with the club. In addition, the Cubs have tallied 19 playoff wins, have made three straight NLCS appearances, and won the 2016 World Series. Chicago is the only team in all of Baseball to reach the LCS in each of the last three years.

 SALVY IN SELECT COMPANY: Salvador Perez’s 26th home run of the season was a walk-off grand slam in Friday night’s win over the Twins, and he’s now just one home run shy of matching his Major League single-season best, set last year. He is one of nine players in team history to hit at least 25 homers in consecutive seasons, joining: Eric Hosmer (2016-17), Carlos Beltrán (2002-03), Mike Sweeney (2000-01), Jermaine Dye (1999-2000), Bo Jackson (1989-90), Danny Tartabull (1987-88), Steve Balboni (1984-86) and John Mayberry (1972-73). He’s also the first big league catcher to do it since Hall of Famer Iván Rodríguez did so in three straight years (1999- 2001) and Hall of Famer Mike Piazza in eight straight (1995-2002).

 20/30 VISION: With 19 home runs and 32 stolen bases, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is one homer shy of becoming just the third player in team history to produce at least 20 home runs and 30 steals in the same season. Seven-time MVP Barry Bonds accomplished the feat four times (1987, 1990-92) and Andy Van Slyke did it twice (1987-88).

KINGS OF K: Carlos Carrasco's performance last night marked the 29th start by an Indians pitcher this season in which he tallied at least 10 strikeouts, the most in the Majors this season. The 29 such outings rank fourth- most in MLB history, trailing the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks (35), 1973 California Angels (32) and the 2002 Diamondbacks (30).

CONSISTENT NOLAN: For the fourth consecutive season, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado has logged at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI. Arenado is the fourth Rockie with four such seasons (also: Todd Helton, Vinny Castilla and Larry Walker), and the third Rockie with four consecutive years (also: Castilla and Helton).

GAME NO. 100: Tuesday night marked Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.'s 100th career game. The rookie outfielder has logged 55 extra-base hits since his debut. Over the last 110 seasons, only five players in history had more through 100 games, including Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, who posted a record 69 extra-base hits.

JOSELITO AND THE BULL: All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros has scored 640 runs in his career, which ranks tied for eighth in franchise history along with Bob Watson (640). The duo immediately trail Terry Puhl (676) for seventh place on the all-time list.

HERE AND THERE: The Red Sox enter play today with 54 wins at home and 49 wins on the road. The Club has never won 50-or-more games both at home and on the road. The last Major League teams to do that were the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies (52 home/50 road) and 2008 Los Angeles Angels (50/50).

PALKA POWER: Outfielder Daniel Palka of the Chicago White Sox ranks tied for fourth in White Sox single- season history among rookies with 26 home runs (also Matt Davidson; 26 in 2017). The 26 homers are the most ever by a White Sox left-handed hitting rookie.

30/20: On Tuesday night, All-Star and MVP candidate Christian Yelich  of the Milwaukee Brewers recorded his 20th stolen base of the season to go along with his 31 home runs. Yelich joined his teammate Ryan Braun (2009, 11-12) and Tommy Harper (1970) as the only players in franchise history to post a 30/20 campaign. 

BOMBS AWAY: With infielder Neil Walker hitting his 10th HR of the season on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox, the 2018 Yankees tied a Major League record with 11 players with double-digit home runs. The Club is the fifth team in Major League history to acomplish the feat, joining the Houston Astros in 2015 and 2017, the Minnesota Twins in 2016 and the Detroit Tigers in 2004.

MR. NO DAYS OFF: The Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of 17 consecutive games without an off day to finish their season. This marks the longest stretch this year for the Club without an off day. According to Elias, this is the first time the Phillies have finished a season with at least 17 straight games and no days off since the year 2000, when they also finished with 17 straight from September 15th-October 1st.

ADRIÁN ON THE ALL-TIME LISTS: Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré had two hits on Friday at San Diego to pass Hall of Famer George Brett and move into 15th place on the all-time hits list. He now has the most hits in Major League history for any player to appear primarily at third base in their career. With 475 career homers, Beltré is tied with Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Willie Stargell for 30th on the all-time home run list.