By Matthew Sullivan, WSOE Sports
Yankees-Red Sox do I need to say more. These two franchises have been going at it since the early 1900s and have evolved into the greatest rivalry in all sports. This year is no different. After today’s Yankee win over the Twins and the Red Sox blowing a four run lead (for the fifth time this year) to the Royals, they are tied in first place in the American League East. These two teams have met up this year eight times, with Boston taking all eight. This is saying something about the New York Yankees. Since the last Yankee lost to Boston, they won 17 of their last 25 and have taken six of eight series (including five in a row). They will start a tough series with the Angels before the All Star break. Meanwhile, Boston has won 15 of their last 25 and has won seven of eight series. Both teams have the best records in the AL and tied for second best in the MLB (Dodgers having the best record in all of baseball).
The Yankees already has made one trade this season to bolster their bench. They acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates for two minor league players. In his first start for the Yankees (July 6th), he went 2-4 with solo home run in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Alex Rodriguez has been swinging the bat well in recent weeks after having two days rest in Florida. Also, since interleague play, Hideki Matsui has played a lot better with getting regular at-bats. In the month of July he is hitting .455 with an on base percentage of .519. He has hit three homeruns and driven in eleven RBIs. However, Robison Cano has not been hitting well with runners in scoring position. Even though, Cano is batting .304, he will need to come through in the clutch if he wants his team to succeed.
David Ortiz finally woke up for the Red Sox. In the month of June he batted .320 and hit seven homeruns. So far in July he has hit three home runs. Their All Star pitcher, Tim Wakefield, will need to continue to throw his knuckleball well. Jason Bay with his league high of 72 RBIs will need to continue his trend as well.
It will be fun to watch once the second half of the season begins.