Wednesday, May 9, 2018


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All the anxiety about last night's game came to an abrupt halt when I heard John Sterling bellow these words, "The Red Sox are just ok."  And just like, the Red Sox went from a threat to nothing special.  I guess the Yankees thought so too as they beat the Sox and tied them for first place in the AL East in a 3-2 win at home.

The Stadium was electric for the first Red Sox series of the season here in the Bronx.  As my mother said as we watched the game on Tuesday together, "We have to put up with the Red Sox for three days?"  Yes, but it is exciting none-the-less and three games against the Sox is enough to rial up fans on either side of Connecticut.

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"The rivalry got a little stale for a few years there, but now that both teams are bona fide World Series contenders, things have started to heat back up. It's good for baseball when these two teams are good at the same time," reported CBS Sports"It has been more than a decade and a half since the Yankees and Red Sox have met while having the two best records in baseball."

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The Yankees overall had good at bats, which has been a trend for this year's team.  They force pitchers to throw a lot of pitches as they are collectively selective at the plate. And as Sterling said the Red Sox have a few good pitchers and a few good bats, but nothing else, they are just ok.  And I have to agree, not just because they are the Red Sox but because they really are just ok.  They don't have the charisma and depth of the Yankees who pull from a multitude of players to put together wins.  They may have Mookie Betts, but we have five more like him in our lineup.

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Before last night reported, "the Boston Red Sox have the best record in the majors and the Yankees are next just a game off the pace. The Yankees certainly are the hottest with six wins in a row and an incredible 15-1 record over the last 16." Make that 16-1 (first time since 1953 we went 16-1), seven wins in a row and tied for first.  Look how far we have come in these first 60 or so days.

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With David Price sitting this one out the Yankees face Rick Porcello tonight for round two.  At stake is sole possession of first place and depth in our lead over other AL East rivals.  As Jack Curry said, "The Yankees try and win in May and maybe have some fun times in October."  Sounds good to me.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: : @suzieprof

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