With 14 games remaining, the Sox are 79-66, in first place by 2 games.
Thankfully, the franchise has some history with being in first place with this many games remaining. Of course past performance is no indicator of the future, but it's fun to look at how past seasons have played out.
2008 81-64 1 up 1.0, ended up 88-74, tied, won playoff
2005 88-57 1 up 4.5, ended up 99-63 +6.0
2003 78-67 1 up 1.0, ended up 86-76, -4.0
2000 87-58 1 up 8.0, ended up 95-67, +5.0
1993 82-63 1 up 3.5, ended up 94-68, +8.0
1983 85-60 1 up 15.5, ended up 99-63, +20.0
1959 85-52 1 up 4.5, ended up 94-60, +5.0
All of these turned out nicely for us, except... 2003. Want to see what happened in 2003?
2008 was a squeaker. 2005 we were pulling away. 2000 we slumped and the Indians were playing well, but we held 'em off.
1993 we were pulling away. 1983, we were really pulling away. 1959 was pretty much steady as she goes.
We also had some close calls. We were in 2nd in 1964, just a half game out. But couldn't close the gap and finished 1 game behind the Yankees.
Of course, in each of these seasons various things come into play- schedules, injuries, etc. Something fun to talk about as we anticipate the game against the Tigers.
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