New York Yankees: Will Boston Red Sox Overtake Surging Yankees for First Place?
New York Yankees On A Roll Heading Into Grudge Match With Red Sox
The New York Yankees have plenty of momentum heading into this week’s face-off with second-place Boston. There’s no doubting that the Sox will be pumped up for a series with their bitter rivals, but can they stem the tide and put a dent in New York’s one-game lead in the division?
The Red Sox aren’t playing too badly themselves, bringing a three-game winning streak into Yankee Stadium. David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez are both in the A.L.’s top five in OPS, and Jacoby Ellsbury is leading the league in steals.
New York, meanwhile, features two of the league’s top three HR threats in Mark Teixeira and (remarkably) Curtis Granderson. It’s no surprise that the latter is second in the league in runs scored in the potent Yankee offense.
If either team can keep the opposing offense from controlling the series, though, it will be Boston. New York’s first two starters scheduled for the series are the mediocre Freddy Garcia, followed by A.J. Burnett (a fine pitcher who couldn’t get anybody out against Boston last year).
The Sox counter with a well-rested Jon Lester (slumping lately but with a 7-2 overall record) and the mercurial Tim Wakefield. Both games could easily turn into Boston wins.
The rubber game is a tossup, as aces Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia go head-to-head. Both are having terrific seasons, and it’s a coin flip which one will make the mistake that loses the ballgame.
On the whole, though, the Yankees will be lucky if they escape from this series with the lead in the division.
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