Why Red Sox’s Path Through 2018 Playoffs Is Unlike Any In MLB History

Three teams in the American League won at least 100 games this season, the first time that’s happened in Major League Baseball history.
The Boston Red Sox were one of those teams. And they’ll need to get through the other two to reach the World Series.
Such is the unique challenge facing the 2018 Red Sox, who won a major league-best (and franchise-best) 108 games this season yet enter the AL Championship Series as betting underdogs. That status may be warranted: After dispatching the 100-win New York Yankees in the AL Division Series, Boston faces a 103-win Houston Astros club that won the World Series last season and looks just as strong — if not stronger — than that championship squad.
If you’re wondering when the last time a 100-win team had to face two other 100-win teams in the postseason, the answer is, well, never.

Celtics Notes: Robert Williams Continues To Impress When Given Opportunity
Saturday December 15, 2018

It’s time to bow down to the Time Lord. Initially, all the talk of a nickname for Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams III seemed a tad premature. The Texas A&M product, while possessing elite athleticism, was unlikely to see a ton of playing time for a team that is loaded with talent vying for an […]

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The #RedSox are actually the only 100-win team to face multiple 100-win teams in postseason, as @GlennGeffner correctly points out, the 98-win #Padres faced 100-win teams in all 3 rounds (#Astros, #Braves and #Yankees) in 1998 . https://t.co/ZoGhtv6dAe
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 11, 2018

Melvin Gordon Apologizes to His Fantasy Owners
Friday December 14, 2018

There must’ve been a lot of disappointed fantasy owners recently as playoff time approached. As always, injuries have completely derailed some teams. And as playoff time came, some significant names were no longer available when it mattered the most because injuries played a massive part. Those who own Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon […]

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It’s not surprising this hasn’t happened before; 100-win teams often get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, meaning they get to face a wild-card team that usually has a far worse record.
But it just so happened the AL East produced two clubs with 100-plus wins, with the Yankees becoming the first team since the 2001 Oakland Athletics to settle for a wild-card berth after winning 100 games.
Boston completed the first step of its historically tall task with relative ease, knocking New York out in four games. If the Red Sox can take out the defending champion Astros, an “easier” opponent awaits in the World Series: Neither the Milwaukee Brewers (96 wins) nor the Los Angeles Dodgers (92 wins) reached the century mark this season before advancing to the National League Championship Series.
While Houston presents a much greater obstacle for manager Alex Cora’s club, history is on Boston’s side: The only other time a (non-100-win) Red Sox team faced multiple 100-win opponents in the postseason was 2004.
We all remember how that October ended.
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