W L PCT GB RS RA +/- ExpWLLooking at their respective runs scored and runs allowed, you would expect the Red Sox and Yankees to have identical records: 68-42.
Red Sox 67 43 .609 -- 565 438 127 68-42
Yankees 60 50 .545 7 652 505 147 68-42
New York has been helped out by some high-scoring games. In July, they had games of 14, 12, 17, 21 and 16 runs. They have scored 56 runs in their last five games.
After the MFY finish up with the Royals this afternoon, they start playing actual major league teams. Their August schedule includes seven games against Detroit, and three against each of Cleveland, Anaheim, Boston, Toronto and Baltimore.
Science Daily asks: "How Many Baseball Games Does It Take To Ensure The Best Team Has The Best Record?" According to a study by a pair of physicists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the answer is 256.
Back in March, SD linked to a story that projected the Yankees to win 110 games. The Yankees need to go 50-2 to get there. (They had Boston at 87.)
Most hits for a team when all of the hits are home runs? ... 6, by Cleveland in a 7-3 win over Texas on June 24, 1989. (Thanks to BR's Stat of the Day blog.)
I also searched BR for the most pitches in any game since 1957. The answer? 207, by Stan Williams of the Dodgers in a 11-inning 2-1 win over Milwaukee on May 17, 1961. He allowed only four hits but walked 12 (!) and struck out 11 (only 108 of his 207 pitches were strikes). His pitch count by innings:
17 31 14 20 14 20 24 20 22 9 16 = 207The highest pitch count since 1964?
172, by Tim Wakefield for the Pirates on April 27, 1993.