NESN announced it averaged a 6.8 household rating for Sox games in the Boston market in 2018, a 24 percent increase over the 2017 ratings. "It's been exciting, and now we're focused on the playoffs". But it's Yankees-Red Sox, so it can't actually be meaningless.
Historical footnotes and snapshot performances are all that can be taken from Sunday's season finale against the Yankees.
The Red Sox, who clinched the best record in baseball with a franchise-record 107 wins, were hoping to make things hard for their archrivals - and the A's, too - by forcing the victor of the wild-card game to fly cross-country next week. The victor will be in Boston for Game 1 of the AL Division Series, starting Friday.
"We started off 5-10 and when we took off, we were still around.500 and that seemed totally appropriate".
Cora declined to say how he'd use his three catchers, Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, in the postseason. The Yankees will host the Athletics on Wednesday for the right to play Boston in the divisional round. When Baseball Reference said in late September that the Red Sox relievers were leading all of the majors in wins above replacement, fans reacted with a mixture of shock and anger that was reminiscent of the pre-2004 era. "Get that playoff feeling watching those guys go at it".
Torres hit a two-run drive in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees the outright record, and Stanton added to it with his 38th of the season in the seventh. A brief "M-V-P!" chant broke out.
"That's the idea when you're an opposing fan, but I don't think that's what he meant to do", Stanton told ESPN's Coley Harvey after the game. "He's as good as advertised". In return, Betts has recognized the reliability of Xander Bogaerts as being a major factor in the team's overall success. "We're a great team when we're playing at home". Betts is one of the frontrunners for AL MVP.
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First baseman Luke Voit fielded it and flipped it to Cessa, who arrived at first at the same time as the runner, tagging him but dropping the ball.
Cessa (1-4) got just one out, allowing four runs - three earned - on five hits.
In the 7th, with the Yankees already up 7-2, Giancarlo Stanton made it 266. The Yankees said it was not injury-related and only to give Stanton some rest.
"I'm 100 percent sure he's healthy and he's gonna be fine", the manager said. "We haven't settled on that or anything". Most postseason starters see their pitch counts reduced due to the high intensity of the games.
Yankees: New York finished 100-62, its 20th 100-win season and a nine-game improvement over a year ago.
But Pearce grounded out on a 3-2 pitch to third base to end it, giving the Yankees their 99th win. As the Red Sox near Sale's Game 1 start in the American League Division Series, manager Alex Cora is firm that they're looking for a mechanical improvement, not health.
-Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer figured his season was done when he reached 300 strikeouts earlier this week in a win over the Miami Marlins. New York's lineup has 204 home runs this year, led by Giancarlo Stanton's mark of 37. The Yankees topped them on Saturday. Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks and Judge are tied for second with 27. Boston snapped a three-game losing streak but completed the season without losing four in a row. The previous four won the World Series. Red Sox: 5-5, .278 batting average, 4.68 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs.