The New York Yankees (62-58) continued their winning ways this week as they finish the homestand at 5-2 after winning three of four from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The star of the series was Alfonso Soriano, who had four home runs and 14 RBI’s over the last three games of the series. Even though the Bronx Bombers still remain six games out in the Wild Card race, winning back-to-back series is still a good sign for a team that hadn’t won a series in a month before last weekend. Mariano Rivera did not have a save opportunity in the series, but the team get to see a little bit of a glimpse of 2014 with David Robertson saving the game on Monday night. As for player moves, the Yankees have signed former Indians’ infielder Mark Reynolds, who should give the team a solid platoon option to pair with Lyle Overbay at first base. Now, New York gets set to head back up to Fenway Park for a three game series against the AL East leading Red Sox that will have fans thinking deja vu from last month.
The Boston Red Sox (72-51) look a lot different than they did when the Yankees were last at Fenway Park. For one, Boston added to their starting rotation by trading shortstop Jose Iglesias in a three team deal that landed them Jake Peavy. The team did not mortgage the future and has now re-called third baseman Will Middlebrooks to try to re-instill his confidence from 2012. As for the bullpen, the team did not add a closer at the deadline, but Koji Uehara has been extremely effective, boasting a 1.32 ERA so far this season. The Red Sox have won 19 games this season in their final at-bat and has re-invigorated a fanbase that suffered through a tumultuous 2012 campaign. Now, they continue to have a chance to bury the Yankees as they lead New York by nine games in the AL East.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Series Preview Show, presented by BaldVinny.com (recorded Wednesday), I discussed David Robertson‘s save from Monday, the hot bat of Soriano, and the potential momentum the Yankees’ bats can have going forward. Then, Michele Pettis from BoSox Injection joined the show to discuss the different attitude in the Red Sox clubhouse, Mike Napoli‘s offensive struggles at the plate, and her reaction to both the Peavy trade and the continual absence of Clay Buchholz. Plus, we preview the pitching matchups that are the exact same three matchups as the last series between these two teams one month ago.