We both know that each team has great starting pitching. I'll give the slight
edge to the Red Sox because of their depth. However, the bullpens are a completely different story. Both struggled at times to keep a lead and close out games.
In the first game, the Yankees bullpen suffered mightily. After C.C. Sabathia surrendered five runs, the bullpen came in to try and settle things down.
They did not do so. David Robertson, Chan Ho Park, Damaso Marte, and Joba Chamberlain fell short of expectations and gave up the final four runs to the Sox.
In the second and third game, it was the Red Sox bullpen that could not close the deal. The once reliable Hideki Okajima surrendered the game winning run to the Yankees, as they lost 3-2. In the third game, closer Jonathan Papelbon gave up a game winning home run to Curtis Granderson in the tenth inning.
The season series may come down to which bullpen can close out the game best. It will ultimately come down to the pitchers leading up to both Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon. Whichever bullpen can bridge the gap to their closer will win the season series.