Another chapter of the most heated rivalry in sports in the books, another lopsided Red Sox victory.
Boston is now 6-0 against the Yankees on the year, including a streak of seven straight wins dating back to last season. Remember when these roles were reversed and Boston was the one being beaten like a red-headed step child on a regular basis? Well, those days seem to be long gone.
New York hasn’t even sniffed a World Series Championship since Boston’s epic 2004 ALCS comeback, which ultimately signified the end of an era in New York, an era that saw the Yankees establish themselves as one of the most impressive dynasties in the history of Major League Baseball.
Sure, it’s only been five years since that ALCS appearance, and it’s been less than a decade since their last World Series title (2000), but with the spending habits and marquee players annually featured on that roster, these are significant points.
Boston, on the other hand, has been crowned World Series Champs in both 2004 and 2007, and have been to four ALCS’ dating back to 2003. There’s no denying who has been the real dominating franchise in the last 5-6 years.
Not even one of New York’s prized pitching acquisitions could stop the bleeding Tuesday night as pitcher A.J. Burnett was battered for five runs to go along with five walks in less than three innings of work. He even served up a mammoth home run to David Ortiz. Wow.
Burnett came into this year boasting a 5-0 record against Boston in his time with the Blue Jays. Since donning those Yankee pinstripes, it has been an entirely different story.
In Burnett’s two starts again Boston this season, he has allowed 11 earned runs in only seven-and-two-thirds innings to accompany his eight walks and thirteen hits allowed.
Conversely, Josh Beckett continued his recent string of dominating performances. In six innings of work, Beckett allowed a mere one hit, an infield single, while striking out eight to improve to 7-2 while dropping his ERA to a now respectable 3.77 after what was a rough start to 2009. [Read more...]