Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe has observed that outside of playing the Orioles, the Blue Jays, and the National League, the Red Sox are a pretty mediocre bunch.
No team in baseball has more wins over one opponent this season than the Sox do over the Orioles. Last night’s win made the Sox a sterling 12-2 against Baltimore this year, a record that includes an unforgettable 11-10 loss on June 30 in which the Sox somehow blew a 10-1 lead. This year, the Sox have not lost a game to the Orioles in which the Boston starter was anyone other than John Smoltz.
The Orioles have not been the Sox’ only punching bag. The Sox are 11-4 against Toronto (another doormat) and went 11-7 against the inferior National League. That leaves the Sox at 46-45 against everyone else. All of this suggests the Sox are far closer to being a mediocre team than they are an elite one.
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck.
Good luck making that case to Red Sox fans at Camden Yards. Something about “You’re only good because you play us so much” doesn’t sound like a winning argument.