I’m hardly a stat geek, but it doesn’t take Bill James to know that the odds are against the Yankees to win the World Series. Unless Boston misses the playoffs.
The Yankees’ bats finally came to life against Josh Beckett. Phil Hughes was looking fairly sharp, then suddenly a moth flies into one of his eyes and the Bombers again unravel against the Red Sox. Yep, a moth.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth inning and Josh Beckett improved to 4-0 against the New York Yankees.
CC Sabathia finally conquered the Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Yankees’ ace notched his first victory against Boston this season, one that could spur on the Bombers.
As is usually the case when the Yankees and Red Sox play, Mike Hurley of NESN.com joined me for an email discussion about the rivalry and the upcoming series.
Despite the fact that the Bombers started slowly against Boston in 2009 and still won the World Series is meaningless to Yankees fans — because they want Boston’s blood. It’s quite understandable considering this is baseball’s – if not America’s – iteration of the Hatfields and McCoys.
I know when I talk to Mike Hurley of NESN.com before every Yankees-Red Sox series, it usually doesn’t work out well for the Yankees — at least this year. But not this time.
Thursday night felt like it was going to be different because Sabathia was on the mound, but it wasn’t. Sabathia has now faced Beckett three times this season. The Yankees have lost all three games.
David Ortiz got more than even for getting drilled. Ortiz broke loose soon after CC Sabathia hit him with a pitch, starting and finishing a burst that led the Red Sox over the Yankees 8-3 early Friday. “Finally got hit,” Ortiz said afterward in a short rant that included some profanity.
Two of CC Sabathia’s three losses this year have come against the Red Sox. Josh Beckett beat him both times. That’s a scary thought for the Yankees, who have lost seven of eight meetings with Boston this season — including all five at home.
Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and Josh Beckett shut down the skidding New York Yankees for the second time this season, sending the Boston Red Sox to a 6-0 victory Saturday
On Sunday night, I left Fenway Park the same time I have several times before: upset, disappointed and devastated.
Josh Beckett allowed two hits in eight shutout innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Sunday night to take two out of three games from their rivals after opening the season with six straight losses.
You know it’s the start of a Yankees-Red Sox series. There’s just a different feel in Boston when the Yankees are in town.
Andy Pettitte gave the New York Yankees no reason to think he’s ready for the postseason. Turns out, his teammates are having a hard time locking up the trip.