Yankees, Red Sox winning at historic clip
In 1993, the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants staged an epic duel for the NL West title, with Bobby Cox’s Braves winning 104 games and Dusty Baker’s Giants finishing second with 103 wins and going home. The next year, Major League Baseball introduced the wild card, in part to prevent a repeat of the 1993 Giants’ cruel fate. What we are seeing this year with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees surpasses even that historyaltering episode. Roughly a third of the way through the 2018 season, the AL East rivals are winning at a blistering clip — with the Yankees on pace for 112 wins and the Red Sox 111. With 13 more meetings between the teams, this divisional race sets up as a potentially unprecedented battle of rival titans. In the divisional era (since 1969), no two teams from the same division have won even 105 games in the same season. As a result, the winner of the Red Sox-Yankees race will ease into the playoffs as the AL’s top seed, but the loser will be forced to play — and survive — a singleelimination wild card game, producing a frantic finish.