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Red Sox hit .500 mark, on the road to . . .

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:25 am
 
NEW YORK -- Exactly a month ago, when the Red Sox fell to 2-10, I wrote about the 2001 Oakland A's, who also started 2-10 in a season of great expectations.

Those A's would go on to win 102 games. They didn't reach .500 until May 22, after the 44th game of their schedule.

I'm not going to guess how many games these Red Sox will win. I will tell you that after this weekend's sweep of the Yankees, which ended with a 7-5 win Sunday night, the Red Sox are now 20-20, at .500 one week (or four games, if you prefer) ahead of the A's 2001 pace.

Is the comparison valid?

Yes and no.

The A's went 19-8 in July, 22-7 in August and 23-4 from Sept. 1 on, which is what it takes to get to 100 wins after such a lousy start. The Red Sox have been great for the last month (their 18-10 record is a 104-win pace over a full season), but they'd need to be even better to finish with triple-digit wins (they'd need to go 80-42, a 127-win pace over a full season).

Still, by getting back to .500 this quickly, the Red Sox showed how crazy it was to dismiss them as pretenders because of their horrible first two weeks.

"It actually feels good," said manager Terry Francona, who had played down the .500 talk before. "Hopefully, this is moving forward, and not getting to .500 and take a deep breath."

Francona said Sunday afternoon that the way the Red Sox play matters more to him on a daily basis than their record does. And the way the Red Sox played against the Yankees (who had an absolutely horrible weekend themselves) pleased Francona.

"We're making strides," Francona said. "We're coming. We're getting better."

And, for now, they're ahead of the pace set by the 2001 A's.

The 102-win 2001 A's.


Category: MLB
Tags: A's, Red Sox, Yankees
 
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Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Red Sox hit .500 mark, on the road to . . .

They'll be  above 95 wins and will be in the post season.....



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Red Sox hit .500 mark, on the road to . . .

I am a Sox fan but they don't have the pitching that the A's did, the offense is there but they are not all clicking as a unit. I am guessing 85-90 Wins unless they can trade for some pitching help not a lot there after Lester and Beckett.


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