Stretch Run

This is hardly news, but if you look at the standings after the July 31 trade deadline, the postseason runs of the Red Sox and Astros become a good deal less surprising. The best record in baseball after the deadline? The Sawx, at 42-18, a .700 clip. Second best? The Astros, 40-18 (.690). The Cardinals, who had wrapped up the NL Central already by late July, also actually picked up the pace, going 39-20 (.661), tied with the Braves for the third best record. The Yankees were sixth at 36-23 (.610). The Runs Scored and Allowed breakouts for the Sox and Yanks are even more dramatic. Runs Scored per game: Sox 6.27, Yankees 5.63. Runs Allowed per game: Sox 4.55, Yankees 5.15.
Of course, I didn’t put any stock in rational analysis before this series; like a lot of people, I stuck with the idea that the Yankees would beat the Red Sox because they always do. No more.
(On a side note, until I looked at these standings, I hadn’t grasped quite how complete was the late-season collapse of the Brewers, who had looked so promising in the early going. Folks, it’s a long season).

One thought on “Stretch Run”

  1. The Astros surge was even more incredible when you take into account that the guy they had penciled in as their #1 starter (and free agent prize), Andy Pettitte, and their #4 starter (and probably the best #4 in baseball) Wade Miller spent much of the season….and about all of the 2nd half on the DL.
    How many teams could lose their #1 and #4 and even finish around .500?

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