BALTIMORE — Here's a statistic that captures the consistency, depth, relatively good health, talent and chemistry of the Red Sox this season:
They will finish the regular season without a four-game losing streak.
That hasn't been done in the majors since the 2005 St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards won 100 games that season and lost in the NLCS to the Houston Astros.
The Sox last went a full season without losing four in a row in 1903. That team won the World Series. Cy Young had a lot to do with that given his 35 starts.
The Red Sox don't have a Cy Young. But Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy have made 142 of the 159 starts this season and are on track to make 145 of 162.
So for 90 percent of the games this season, the Sox had a starter they felt pretty good about. There were dips here and there with Lester, Doubront and Dempster. But it never got to a point where the Sox had a real losing streak.
Consistent starting pitching is almost always the key to success and the Red Sox have had that.
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