Enero 21, 2021

AL East: Boston Red Sox's magic number drops to one

01 Octubre 2017, 03:04 | Bibiana Flor

If they wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at Yankee Stadium for the division crown, with the loser going to the wild-card game. Dusty will probably get him to 200 innings and maybe just a bit over, but don't expect him to go wild like he did against the Braves two starts ago.

But since we've got some downtime before the Sox clinch the American League East and the Patriots take care of business against Carolina on Sunday, I'll unveil my Boston "Mount Rushmore".

The Red Sox have fit him for custom shoes with different spikes that might prevent his foot from getting caught again. If that happens in a playoff game, it could be the difference in moving on or going home.

Then there was Mookie Betts.

McCullers kept the Sox scoreless until the fourth inning, when AL MVP candidate Jose Altuve made a rare blunder in the field, botching a routine grounder to his left to allow one run to score.

Those results didn't change much. His impact has certainly been missed on and off the field this year, but the Sox are on the verge of something they've never accomplished: Consecutive division titles. But they'd rather avoid the wild-card game if possible.

Orlando Arcia's fielder's choice bouncer to short with the infield in plated Domingo Santana for a 4-1 advantage. Detroit's Matt Boyd, the Oregon State alum who had his best career start with a one-hit shutout on Sept. 17, allowed five runs in five innings. Using Sale would have meant he wouldn't be ready for Game 1 of any Division Series, and worse.

The Yankees will send Jaime Garcia out against Marcus Stroman and the Jays. It would stay that way when they started play on Saturday too.

The Rockies inched closer to the finish line, knocking their Magic Number to one with a 9-1 win against the Dodgers.

On Saturday though, the Red Sox put it all together, and clinched the AL East. The Sox have one more game to play in regular season, one game to actually breathe easy, on Sunday.

This is why manager A.J. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run for the Red Sox.

Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz picked up his 17th victory of the season Saturday, while David Price, Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel each pitched one inning out of the bullpen, which could be Boston's key to postseason success. Cubs reliever Brian Duensing (1-1) earned the win after working a scoreless eighth. The Indians have 101 wins. Friday's win gaves the Astros 100 wins for the first time since the 1998 season. Because small market teams cannot replace struggling players with financial ease, they must invest carefully in their payroll. In their past five games, Red Sox starters have combined for 23 runs in 192⁄3 innings, an ERA of 10.53 in the most recent turn through the rotation. This gives them huge advantages over small market teams; they can sign expensive free agents, gamble at the trade deadline, and devote less time and resources to their farm system.

It's not the Magic Number we're usually thinking about at this time, but one more home run from Giancarlo Stanton would cap a pretty special season.

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