5 Reasons Boston Red Sox Will Continue to Dominate New York Yankees
The Red Sox are a half game behind the Yankees in the American League East, so this concept that the Sox are dominating the Yankees might be a narrow-minded view. But for head-to-head purposes, Boston has certainly owned New York.
The Red Sox are 10-2 against the Yankees, including two sweeps at Yankee Stadium. Unfortunately, Boston has losing records against the Pirates, Padres and White Sox, among others, keeping them neck and neck with the Yankees.
For the sake of this premise, that Beantown has dominated the Bronx, why is it likely to continue?
The Red Sox care more about the division title than the Yankees do. The veteran Yankees team knows that whether they get the wild card or the division, they will make the playoffs and nothing of the regular season matters in October.
Boston plays hard, and the team that plays harder tends to get more of the bounces and more of the calls go their way. It doesn't seem likely Boston suddenly decides to cruise into the playoffs. They have players like Dustin Pedroia who will not let his teammates slack off.
I know over the course of the season the Yankees team ERA is actually lower than the Red Sox. That being said, let's look at the aces first.
Josh Beckett is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 0.852 WHIP against the Yankees this season. CC Sabathia is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA and 1.720 WHIP.
Jon Lester versus AJ Burnett... Anyone taking Burnett?
The loss of Buccholz makes the rest of the rotation questionable, but for the playoffs they only need one more and young Andrew Miller is 5-1. Meanwhile, the Yankees have enjoyed Ivan Nova's breakout year, but Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are almost a wash with John Lackey and Tim Wakefield.
Follow me around the infield. I'm being generous to call Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez a wash. I'd rather have Gonzalez. Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia are about even.
Derek Jeter has been hot lately, but offensively, he's not a huge plus to Jed Lowrie. Alex Rodriguez just came off the DL, and Kevin Youkilis just went on. When healthy, they are likely to produce similarly.
All totaled, the infields are just about even. But the outfields are not. Carl Crawford versus Brett Gardner... Jacoby Ellsbury and Curtis Granderson are both having career years, but I prefer Ellsbury's line of .313/22/33 (AVG/HR/SB) plus excellent defense versus Granderson's .281/35/24.
Neither team's right field is very good, but David Ortiz dominates Jorge Posada as a DH.
So all added up, infields even, center field even, Crawford dominates Gardner and Ortiz dominates Posada.
The Red Sox have swept the Yankees twice in their house. And they have won all four season series so far. At this point, Boston has it in their heads that they own the Yankees, and that will give them an edge for the rest of the regular season.
The problems may come if they do continue to dominate and get overconfident in the playoffs. This Yankees team is very dangerous in the playoffs where they have as much experience as any group of players.
If you only watched SportsCenter and read newspapers, you'd think the Red Sox are close to undefeated and a lock to face the Phillies in the World Series.
You would think Adrian Gonzalez had about 45 home runs and 130 RBI right now, and they hadn't lost since April Fool's Day. An avenue in which the Red Sox are dominating the Yankees is perceived performance.
I, myself, was shocked when I looked back at the standings after a vacation and noticed the Yankees were in first place. And as long as the Red Sox keep winning, the media isn't likely to change.