Updated June 14
While watching the Red Sox do a credible impression of a wood chipper/Terminator hybrid over the past week, it dawned on me that some fans will still attempt to make a case that they're not baseball's best team. To save us all some time, I figured I would go into glib argument-debunking mode right up front.
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To begin with, the Red Sox are pretty good at pitching, especially over the past 30 days (top five in AL in ERA, HR allowed, K's, SLG against). Too, the Red Sox are good at fielding and acceptably half-decent at base-running, according to the old-school stats that don't give us the full picture (fielding percentage/errors/stealing percentage) as well as the advanced metrics I'm trying like hell to understand.
Finally, the Red Sox are very, very, very good at hitting. In their past nine games -- against teams that, in theory, pitch pretty well -- they plated 83 runs. The most effective pitcher against them in recent weeks might've been Mike McCoy, a Jays utilityman who threw a scoreless just-get-this-over-with-so-that-we-can-drink-this-one-out-of-our-memories inning on Saturday afternoon.
In conclusion, the Red Sox are baseball's best team right now. If there's a coherent case for ranking somebody else No. 1 that doesn't include the phrase "I think my team is better because I love it ever so much," I don't see it.