MLB Analyst: Red Sox Being "Overlooked"

Boston could break the record for wins in a season, which might be the most underhyped story in baseball

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 20, 2018 - 9:31 am

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The Boston Red Sox (68-30) have the best record in baseball, and somehow they are not getting the attention they deserve.

Look for that to change in the second half of the season.

“I think one of the (stories) that hasn’t gotten enough play is that the Boston Red Sox are on pace for 112 wins,” MLB Network host Mike Ferrin said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They’re within (striking) distance of having a chance at the Major League record for victories in a season if they continue.”

The record for wins is 116, which was set by the Seattle Mariners in 2001.

“It’s something that I think has gotten a little overlooked because they’re in a bit of a dog fight in the AL East with the New York Yankees,” Ferrin said. “Those teams are only separated by (4.5) games. I do think that’s one of the interesting storylines in the second half.”

The aforementioned Mariners, meanwhile, are seeking to end the longest playoff drought in baseball. Seattle (58-39), which has a three-game lead over Oakland (55-42) in the Wild Card standings, has not made the playoffs since that historic 2001 season.

The National League, meanwhile, should have tightly contested races in every division. The Phillies (53-42) and Dodgers (53-43) lead the Braves (52-42) and Diamondbacks (53-44) by just a half game, respectively, entering play July 20, while the Cubs (56-38) lead the Brewers (55-43) by 3.0 games in the NL Central.

“I think there’s some really, really good storylines going into the second half,” Ferrin said.