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.

Ultimate Question Of The Week: What Is Your Favorite Emoji?
Friday December 14, 2018

If you’re sending a text nowadays, chances are you’re sprinkling in an emoji or two. Emojis effectively have become their own language in recent years, and the list of options seems to grow by the day. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display( “gpt-ad-desktop-out-of-page” ); }); In the latest Ultimate Question of the Week, NESN’s Marc James asked Boston […]

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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

Why Colin Cowherd Doesn’t View Patriots-Steelers As A Rivalry
Saturday December 15, 2018

Some might consider Sunday afternoon the next chapter to the New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry. Colin Cowherd isn’t one of those people. While there’s no doubt the Patriots and Steelers have been two of the AFC’s best teams over the past decade-plus, Colin Cowherd believes a simple look at the head-to-head record tells you everything […]

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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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