The Greatest Rivalry Resumes
Nothing puts a hop in your step on a Friday morning like knowing that we're just over an hour away from the first pitch of a four day, five game series between the Red Sox and the Yankees. What I wouldn't give to be at Fenway for this set.
The Sox begin the day a game and a half behind the Yanks in the AL East; they also trail the ChiSox by two and half for the wild card lead. It's going to be tough to win that race, since they also have to leapfrog the Minnesota Twins, but a series win will go a long way towards reestablishing ground against the Yankees in the East. If they can somehow win four of five, they'll be in great shape. This is the last time these two teams meet at Fenway (they have a four game set in the Bronx next month), so it's especially important that they don't lose ground. This series also begins a brutal stretch that seems them start a nine-game west coast swing on Tuesday, followed by home sets with the Jays and ChiSox, and doesn't end until a home series with the Royals, and their next day off on September 7th.
I won't make any bold predictions about who will win, but I will say that I think the Sox have to win 4 of 5 to have a shot at their division, and 3 of 5 to keep pace in the wild card. I think our boys can do it.
Go Red Sox!