The Boston Red Sox were garnishing praise from the media for their offseason acquisitions of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Bobby Jenks.
These players were supposed to kick start the Red Sox and have them running away with the American League East right from opening day.
This was not the case. The Red Sox did not have a .500 record until May 15th.
They also had a slow season, which gives The Yankees history to be on their side. Out of a 110 teams in Major League Baseball history only two teams have started 0–5 like the Red Sox and went on to make it to the post season.
The New York Yankees instead have played well keeping themselves in either first or second in the AL East.
They may not look like they are going to run away with the AL East but they will certainly finish above the Red Sox because of five main reasons.