As the Yankees get set to begin a three game series in Boston, they have one major advantage, Derek Jeter. The Red Sox have had a revolving door at shortstop this year and haven't really found much success with any players. The Yanks, for 14 seasons now, have had one player at short, and one of the best ever.
The Red Sox have tried Lowrie, Lugo, Green, and now Alex Gonzalez, none of whom have gotten the job done very well. Lowrie, their starter, has been plagued with injuries. Lugo was horrible at the plate and a liability on defense, and has since been traded to St. Louis. Green isn't much better, and now they have reunited with Alex Gonzalez, looking for any consistent play possible.
Speaking of consistent play, Derek Jeter at the age of 35 continues to be an outstanding player for the Yanks. This year he is hitting .331 with 15 homers and 54 RBI while scoring 81 times for the Bombers in his first season as the leadoff man. He is set to improve all of his numbers from last season.
Many have questioned his defense in the past and called him the most over rated shortstop of all time. But those doubters have been silenced this season. Through 113 games at short this season he has a .986 fielding percentage, which matches a career high from 1998. This is good for second in the league right now.
The Red Sox can only dream of having a player like Jeter on their team. The other positions seem very even, offensively and defensively. Both pitching saffs have their good and bad parts. So this is why I say Jeter is the biggest advantage the Yankees have.