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Crazy stat shows why Red Sox have MLB’s best record

Michael Dixon
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox entered Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees at 78-34, the best record in MLB by 7.5 games. One insane stat shows why.

In the first inning of Sunday’s game, New York’s┬áLuke Voit came up with the bases loaded but got shut down. That’s been an all-too recurring theme for Boston’s opponents in that spot.

The Red Sox can score a lot of runs. For a team to beat Boston, it must take advantage of bases loaded opportunities. Granted, things like walks and sacrifice flies don’t count as at-bats. So, some runners might have scored during that 0-for-29 stretch. Even still, they don’t do the kind of damage that one hit — even just a single — can do.

If this continues, Boston is going to remain a very hard team to beat through the regular season and into the playoffs.