Talk about posts that write themselves!
What follows is most of an email I received from Pete:
I'm not a big number cruncher but the lost weekend in Detroit prompted me to open Excel to try and make sense of what the Sox have been doing since they flew to Oakland on June 4.
In short, Boston's pedestrian 16-16 record since then can largely be attributed to its performance against five teams which -- for whatever reason -- got really hot: Detroit, Seattle, Texas, Colorado, and San Diego.
Those five teams were .504 on June 4 (82-win pace) and .591 on July 8 (96-win pace).
The Red Sox went 5-11 (.300) against them. All other teams went 58-80 (.420) against them.
During the 34-day period -- Monday, June 4 (at Oakland) to Sunday July 8 (at Detroit) -- the Sox played 32 games against 10 teams and went 16-16.
Boston's record against opponents other than the Hot Five: 11-5 (.688) (111-win
And, if you're still reading: Number of cross country flights Boston took in 34 days: Four (Boston to Oakland, Arizona to Boston, Atlanta to San Diego, Seattle to Boston)
Also, since June 4:
The MFY went 18-13 and gained 2 games in the standings (12.5 to 10.5). At this pace, it will take New York roughly 188 games to catch Boston this season. (Take that, Murray Chass!)
The Blue Jays went 16-15 and stayed the same in the standings (10.5).