It is no secret that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox did not look like themselves up until now; because as of a month ago both ball-clubs fans shared the same serious concern.
Well it seems that both veteran-filled roasters just needed some added time to warm-up and the AL East is starting to look like it always does.
So with that said, Yankee fans are looking for nothing less than a Boston massacre this week, as the Red Sox are back in town and have owned the Bombers winning five of six games so far in 2011.
With both teams decisively playing first-rate baseball, there will be no excuse for losing this time. This pertains more so for the Yankees, who start the three-game set a game ahead of Boston in the AL East standings.
Also, Yankee Universe remembers the Red Sox brought their brooms the last time they visited the Bronx, which was only back on May 13th. Leaving a wound that is still very fresh for anyone who wears the pinstripes, but especially for the fans who seem to take this even more seriously than the players.
Not to say the Yankee players would tolerate another series loss at the hands of Big Sloppy Papi and his prick closer Papelbon in their own house, again.
Even more so, the Stadium will be rocking with Yankee fans cheering on their team who is finally home from a very fruitful 6-3-road trip.
The pitching schedule is as follows:
TUESDAY, June 7, 2011, 7:05 PM EST
Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94 ERA)
WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2011, 7:05 PM EST
THURSDAY, June 9, 2011, 7:05 PM EST
CC Sabathia (7-3, 2.80 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (4-2, 2.01 ERA)
(Look for ladylovespinstripes.com individual pitching previews for each game to follow.)
MY SERIES THOUGHTS AND PREDICTION:
My un-bias prediction is that neither team will get swept, but the Yankees might have the upper hand without having to face Red Sox Jon Lester. Lester start got moved so he can tend to his back.
Substituting for the young ace is 44-year-old journeyman and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who looks older than Red Sox skipper Terry Francona.
The Yankees should have the advantage here even if Wakefield’s knuckler is on, he cannot keep it sharp for extended innings but hey weirder things have happened. Also, Wakefield faces Burnett who is better, but not against Boston since his days in Toronto, which ironically was a huge selling point for the Yankees grabbing AJ in 2009.
The Yankees will need to score runs and each starter will have to go least six, but really seven as there is no lefty arm good enough to face Big Papi and A-Gone. There is Boone Logan but he is not going to get past a hot Gonzalez that is for sure.
This could mean late inning bombs from Bean-town, so the Yankees need to have some runs on the board to counter.
MY PREDICTION: Yankees win the series 2-1.
Truthfully, I would love to kick the Red Sox out with a sweep but that is not as likely to happen when being realistic.
- Red Sox to push Buchholz back; will miss Yanks (sports.espn.go.com)
- Yankees return to top in MLB Power Rankings (tsn.ca)
- New York Yankees-Red Sox Series Preview: New York Must Even Score vs. Boston (bleacherreport.com)
- Introducing Me (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- New York Yankees: Coming Home To No Relief (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- New York Yankees: Will Yankees Hold off the Inevitable Red Sox Surge? (bleacherreport.com)