The Boston Red Sox clinch the American League East with their 104th win

The Boston Red Sox have held the best record in baseball for the bulk of the 2018 season, and on Thursday they clinched their third straight American League East title by beating the New York Yankees in the finale of a series in New York.

Boston has 104 victories this season, their most as a franchise since 1946, and just one off the team record set in 1912.

This is the third consecutive division crown for the Red Sox, though the biggest difference in the 11-win (and counting) improvement over last year is a vastly superior offense. The 2017 Red Sox ranked sixth in the American League in runs scored though after factoring in park and league Boston had a below-average offense. In 2018 the Red Sox are tops in the AL across the board in runs scored, hits, doubles, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.

J.D. Martinez has been the biggest addition, signing a five-year, $110 million contract. The slugger made an immediate impact in his first season with Boston, leading the AL in hits, RBI (124) and slugging percentage, hitting .331/.400/.629 with 41 home runs.

Martinez is a definite MVP candidate, but probably not even the best one on his own team. Mookie Betts has been sublime, hitting .339/.432/.625 with

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2018/9/20/17885120/boston-red-sox-american-league-east-mlb-best-record

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