I will get right to the point.
Beating Boston tonight could benefit the Yankees in more ways than one.
Last season, the playoff-less Yankees went 6-13 against the now reining World Champion Red Sox; and the embarrassment is still fresh in New York. The 2013 Yankees lost the fan base’s faith, and winning is the only thing that can repair that. Remember, the Big Apple is also home to the Mets, so Yankees fans have saw them collapse firsthand, which only made their leash of loyalty shorter. And when has beating the Champs ever been a bad thing?
Right now the Yankees are a .500 team with a 6-6 record, which lands them second in the AL East behind the Rays. Yesterday afternoon’s 7-4 win gives the Yankees a 2-1 series lead, and a chance to take the four-game set with a win tonight. Yes, it is only 13-games into the 162-game regular season, but the AL East is loaded and bottom line is 7-6 is better than 6-7.
Ivan Nova will take the hill for the Yankees, and he really needs to prove himself….again. Predicting which Nova will show up tonight is a crapshoot; and it shouldn’t be. No pitcher with four and a half seasons in the Majors under his belt should be this volatile. Is it sink or swim for Nova? Knowing the Yankees probably not, but if David Phelps continues to pitch well and Nova does not it might be time for a swap. The only advice I can give Nova is he might want to walk David Ortiz tonight, as Big Papi has a .375 batting average against him.