Thursday, June 09, 2011

"They are who we thought they are..."

Remember how the offseason hype deflated so quickly for the Red Sox? Remember getting swept in Texas and starting 0-3? Remember getting swept in Cleveland and falling to 0-6? Remember another week of struggles that left them at 2-10? Remember the concerns that they were overrated, poorly put together, a "whole" that was less than the sum of its parts? Remember the stories of how they might not be "hungry" enough?

Yeah, that's all ancient history. The team with the best record in the American League is, at the moment, your Boston Red Sox. Even including that opening 2-10, they're on a pace to win 93 games and finish with the best record in the AL. And what they've done over the past 49 games, nearly two months, is awesome. Since falling to 2-10, they've gone 33-16 (.673), which is a 109 win pace over a full season. Their 33 wins, 267 runs scored and 68 run differential are all the best in Major League Baseball over that stretch.

There's still a long way to go, but if you thought, as I did, that they were the best team in baseball before the season started, you've got a lot of evidence suggesting that you were right...

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