What a difference a year makes for Sox
July, 26, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information
The next day, they would get blown out by the New York Yankees, 10-3, and though they'd enjoy a four-game winning streak immediately thereafter, their post-meeting mark would be a miserable 20-43.
A year later, the state of the Red Sox is considerably better, as both the graphic above and the graphic on the right shows.
Entering today the Red Sox are 61-42, 12 games better in the win column and eight games better in the loss column than they were at this time last season.
What amounts to a 10-game overall improvement is the biggest improvement of any major-league team over the last year, just ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and Colorado Rockies.
The Red Sox are on pace for 96 wins this season, a 27-game improvement from 2012. That would be the third-biggest jump in team history, just behind the 27 1/2 game bump from 1911 to the championship season of 1912, and the 33-game bump from 1945 to 1946.