The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 6-2 on Monday, earning their 106th victory of the season. That’s a new franchise record, surpassing 105 wins in 1912.
Nathan Eovaldi got the start, fanning 10 batters while yielding only one run on four hits with no walks over five innings. MVP candidate Mookie Betts homered again, drilling a two-run homer off of Dylan Bundy as part of a four-run second inning.
The Red Sox have wrapped up the AL East and clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only thing left for them to do is to get ready for the postseason. In the ALDS, they will face the winner of the Yankees-Athletics AL Wild Card game (the home team in this matchup has yet to be determined, as the Yankees lead by only two games).
In the final week of the season, the Red Sox have two more games with the Orioles and three with the Yankees. It is feasible that they get to 110 wins. If they do, it will be just the seventh 110-plus-win season in baseball history. The others: 1906 Cubs (116-36), 1909 Pirates (110-42), 1927 Yankees (110-44), 1954 Indians (111-43), 1998 Yankees (114-48), 2001 Mariners (116-46).
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett can become a free agent after the 2019 season. He has become one of baseball’s better second basemen since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017. Over the last two years, he has hit 50 homers with an .859 OPS. The only second basemen with a better OPS (min. 700 plate appearances) since the start off the 2017 season are José Altuve (.900) and Daniel Murphy (.876).
Gennett is upset the Reds haven’t been in contact with him to discuss a contract extension, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett said, “We’ve definitely opened it up. They know I want to play here. They know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There’s nothing else to tell them at this point. It’s waiting for them to come back, which they have not.” He added, “(We’ve) heard absolutely nothing. Zero.”
As Fay points out, Gennett was born in Cincinnati and grew up a Reds fan, so this is a cinch for the club if it makes any effort. The Reds presently have just $58 million in 25-man roster obligations for the 2020 season.