Boston Red Sox on pace for 100 wins as they reach midway point; ‘Our expectations are to win the World Series and we’re not even close’ – masslive.com

Boston Red Sox on pace for 100 wins as they reach midway point; ‘Our expectations are to win the World Series and we’re not even close’ – masslive.com

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox reached the midway point of the 2021 season here Wednesday at Fenway Park. Their 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals put them at 51-30 and on pace for 100 wins.

“Our expectations are to win the World Series and we’re not even close,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We had a great first half. We played well for a while. If you put everything into perspective this month, we didn’t play well and we won 18 games. That’s how good we are. We can get away with mistakes. But we hate making mistakes. We have to clean that up and keep getting better.”

The Red Sox finished June strong with six straight victories (three wins against the Yankees and three wins against KC) at home to complete the month at 18-10.

“I do believe that we’ve been doing a good job in the last two series,” Cora said. “Been aggressive. Running the bases very aggressively, playing better defense.”

The Red Sox have gone from worst to first after finishing the shortened 2020 season in the AL East basement and with the fourth worst record (24-36) in the majors.

Eighty-one games into 2021, they lead the AL East by three games over second-place Tampa Bay.

It was a remarkable first half considering the outside expectations entering this season.

Baseball Prospectus’ 2021 PECOTA Standings projected Boston to win 82.7 games. Fangraphs gave the Red Sox 37.9% odds to make the postseason entering this season. The Red Sox now are at 87.0% odds, per Fangraphs.

The Red Sox rank second in the majors in runs scored (410) behind only the Astros (454). Boston is third in the majors in slugging percentage (.442).

Starting pitching has been Boston’s weakest area. The Red Sox rank 21st in the majors in starter ERA (4.57). Boston is sixth in the big leagues in reliever ERA (3.44).

The offense and bullpen have helped the Red Sox post 28 come-from-behind victories.

“Sometimes the starters haven’t given us enough innings but the bullpen has been amazing,” Cora said. “I think offensively … putting the ball in play, going the other way, walking. Offensively, I think this is our best week. And hopefully we can continue doing that.”

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