Recap of memorable Red Sox year: History in September
Over the last two weeks, we've taken a month-by-month look at the Sox: Their record, where they stood in the standings at the end of the month, and the highlights. We've already looked at March/April, May, June, July, and August. Now we'll take a look at Boston's historic September.
September for the 2018 Boston Red Sox is a month that will go down in the history books. While the weather began to cool and the leaves started to turn in New England, but the Sox stayed hot as the postseason approached.
RECORD: 15-11 (108-54 overall)
POSITION IN A.L. EAST ON SEPTEMBER 28: First
LEAD: Eight games over Yankees
PICTURED: The Red Sox celebrate after clinching the AL East on September 20. (USA Today Sports Photo)
The Sox got some power from an unexpected place in September - utility man Brock Holt. Holt hit four home runs in just 48 at-bats during September, including one off of Mets' Cy Young contender Jacob DeGrom (pictured, USA Today Sports Photo). Rafael Devers, back from injury and getting playing time due to an Eduardo Nunez injury, was hot, too: He had five dingers in 61 at-bats.
It took three tries against the Yanks, but the Red Sox clinched the A.L. East in Yankee Stadium on September 20. After losing the first two of the three-game series, the Sox won the finale -- and clinched the title -- 11-4 behind home runs from Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts. Pictured: Outfielders Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and JD Martinez rushed in to join their teammates after clinching the division, their third straight A.L. East title. (USA Today Sports Photo)
BEST. SOX. TEAM. EVER.
On September 24, the Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 for their 106th win -- the most in franchise history. The previous record of 105 wins was held by the 1912 Red Sox, who played in the inaugural season at Fenway Park. Pictured: Boston celebrates the most wins in Red Sox history at Fenway Park. (USA Today Sports Photo)
On September 26, Mookie Betts became just the second player in Red Sox history, and the 40th in MLB history, to steal 30 bases and hit 30 home runs in the same season. Mookie stole second for his 30th swipe to go with his 32 home runs. Betts joins Jacoby Ellsbury, who hit 32 homers and stole 39 bases in 2011, as the only two Sox to post 30-30 seasons. The steal was part of Boston's 19-3 blowout of the Orioles. Intersting note: the loss was the 112th of the season for the O's, the most in franchise history. (USA Today Sports Photo)