Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Carl Yazstremski, Lou Gehrig, Wade Boggs, are just some of the names that are linked to this historic rivalry. This weekend, renews this great rivalry. Both teams are currently tied for first in the American League East, one will walk out with sole possession of first place after this series.
The Sox come into this series after splitting the series with the Cleveland Indians, who are no pushovers as of late, while the Yanks come in riding a seven game winning streak and are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, despite not having Alex Rodriguez in the line up. Both sides have the bats to get it done against one another, but their pitching, like in years past, has been suspect.
Jacoby Ellsbury has been the story as of late with his game winning heroics, though his career numbers aren't that staggering against the pinstripes(.275 BA, 3 HR, 33 RBI). This series will also feature two of the best first basemen currently in the game right now, the switch hitting Mark Texeira, who's average is down this year(.251 BA), but his power numbers are some of the best in the league (31 HR, 85 RBI). What can you say about Adrian Gonzalez that hasn't been said before? He's having one of the greatest seasons ever for a hitter with a .356 BA, 18 HR, and 91 RBI. Long story short, both guys get it done. Derek Jeter has come out of the woodwork(again), having a pretty good July as is building on that success going into August (.333 BA, 17 RBI since returning from the DL July 4th).
It's no secret on how the Sox need to shut down the Yankees, pitching. Looking at the rotation, the Sox have set up their big guns(Josh Beckett, Jon Lester) to tackle the Yanks. Lester who goes tonight for the Sox opposes former Sox starter Bartolo Colon. Colon, who's had a suprisingly good season thus far for the Yankees (8-6 3.33 ERA), has been a steady arm in an enigmatic Yankees rotation.
When the smoke settles, hopefully it will be the boys from Yawkey Way coming out on top once again. If they don't, it'll be a tough climb back to the top.