With their tenth straight win, the Red Sox have clinched at least a spot in the American League wild card game.
Alright, so, technically the magic number is at one. But apparently by virtue of the Jays and Orioles facing eachother once more, some weird record jumbling, carrying the one, accounting for tiebreakers, and considering the effects of a full moon during David Ortiz’ final season ah hell there’s an X next to their name, people, what more do you need?!
And there you have it. The last place 2015 Red Sox are now the first-place 2016 Red Sox headed to October. That first-place thing isn’t quite set in stone yet, but we’re getting there, and at a remarkable pace.
Don’t look now, but if the score in Cleveland holds, they’re even about to take over the second seed, which would leave them on pace for home field advantage in the ALDS.
It’s been a long ride getting here, and certainly not always a smooth one, either. But the Red Sox will play postseason baseball for the first time since 2013. On many levels, that alone makes this season a success.