Red Sox and Yankees ready to resume their longtime rivalry

Red Sox and Yankees ready to resume their longtime rivalry

Expectations couldn't have been higher for the New York Yankees when they signed former NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton this past off-season.

Red Sox games have had an over/under record of 4-5 so far in 2018.

Well, fast forward a few months after the trade and you would be blown away.

One reason the Twins captured the second wild card a year ago was because they played 10 of their final 49 games against the Tigers, going 8-2 against a bad club that got worse after an in-season sell-off. The other instance was against the Orioles on Sunday, April 8th when he went 0-7 with five strikeouts. So get ready for some dramatic (and long) late innings, much like the old days when the Red Sox and Yankees meet up.

This was the first series for the Yankees with two games going at least 12 innings since 2001 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Before being taken out in the fifth inning Montgomery let up a two-run home run which left the Yankees up only one run. The bullpen has a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.8 K/9. Bettors are able to gamble on the game's total with odds sitting at even money (+100) for over 7.5 runs and -120 for under 7.5.

The Yankees arrive in Boston with a.500 record and are 31/2 games back of the Red Sox.

Pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez , whose 14th-inning grand slam won Friday night's game, drew a one-out walk in the 12th from Adam Warren (0-1).

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Unfortunately for Stanton, the new Yankees slugger is getting a crash course on what happens when you don't produce on the biggest stage in baseball.

Obviously with all weaknesses there are strengths. But after clubbing a pair of dingers in his Yankees debut, Stanton has been a major disappointment in pinstripes.

Like the Tigers previous year, some of these clubs are going to start badly and descend from there. ESPN Stats & Info also noted that Stanton had more strikeouts last week (16) than Joe DiMaggio did in the entirety of his 1941 season.

But for all of Stanton's struggles, the Yankees have still managed to average 5.5 runs in their first 10 games, which ranks fourth in baseball. The tough part is that Bogaerts was off to an excellent start to the season, slashing.368/.400/.711. Even if they are only 5-5 on the season, Boston's biggest rival poses their biggest challenge of the season.

At least for NY, their late-inning aces David Robertson and Dellin Betances have been solid as of late. In seven games against divisional foes, Red Sox starters have an ERA of 1.71 and the bullpen's ERA is 5.09.

Instead of worrying about Stanton, Judge or Sanchez, fans should focus their attention on thanking Didi Gregorius for single-handedly keeping NY at.500 as he leads the team in every offensive category imaginable, provides a sure hand at shortstop and has helped them lead the AL East in scoring thus far. In Severino's two games he has gone for 13.0 innings, two wins, fourteen strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.38. Again, this was a year in which he changed his stance during the season and finished with 59 homers and 132 RBI.

An argument can be made that Sale was the best pitcher in the American League previous year. This year he appears to be off to a great start as he tries to best that third place slot in an attempt to win it. When you're just one fan doing the screaming, you're a crank, a leather lung.

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