For the New York Yankees (30-23), the Subway Series felt like the 4 train got de-railed from the tracks. For the first time in the history of the Subway Series, the New York Mets were able to sweep the New York Yankees. In the four games, the Bronx Bombers scored a total of 7 runs! The offense has also hit a snag over the past week with just 14 runs scored in the last six games. Despite the offensive inefficiencies, the Yankees still got some great starting pitching from Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, and Vidal Nuno. The first two games were tough to Yankees’ fans to swallow considering their two best relievers, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, ended up taking the losses in both games. That being said, despite the Yankees’ five game losing streak, they are getting some reinforcements back in Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. Plus, they stand just two games back in the AL East of their next opponent that is coming into the Bronx.
The Boston Red Sox (33-20) have been another surprise in the American League. Most prognosticators had them finishing at the bottom of the division coming into the season. So far, John Farrell‘s club has done a nice job with their offensive attack, in particular, their plate discipline. Boston is 3rd in the majors in on-base percentage which will make them a tough out for Yankees’ pitchers this week. The strength of the team is at the front end of the rotation with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz off to an outstanding start to their season. Even though the offense is without Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks, they are still able to score runs with the solid play of David Ortiz (9 home runs) and Dustin Pedroia (.329 batting average). Not to mention, their leadoff hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury, is coming off five stolen bases in one game.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show presented by BaldVinny.com, I recap the Subway Series and some of the struggles the Yankees have faced over the last five game. Plus, I discuss the impact of the returns of Teixeira and Youkilis and why I feel David Adams and Lyle Overbay can still bring good contributions to this team in a lesser role. Finally, I discuss the Boston Red Sox with John Fahrer from BoSoxInjection.com. We breakdown the pitching matchups, discuss Boston’s closer situation amidst the Jonathan Papelbon rumors, and how their offensive style has changed over the last 12 months.