The start of this run was 2 games vs Atlanta (1-1 split), 3 games vs Texas (2–1), and 3 vs Houston (2-1). Atlanta are the defending champs. Houston are the defending AL champs. Texas is a mediocre team similar to the Sox.I guess it's where you draw the line. I'm not drawing the line of demarcation at any one point in the calendar per se. Instead, I'm categorizing where the quality of their competition falls and how the Sox measure up. Did they start winning because they got hot or was it because they were playing a cupcake schedule? And if it was just because they got hot, why did they suddenly get hot? Obviously, Story turning it around carried the team for a stretch but why did he suddenly get hot?
They definitively did not get hot just by playing bad teams.