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A Meaningless Marathon — 4 Games in 2 Days

 

Terry Francona and the Red Sox will try to avoid another massacre

The last time the New York Yankees met the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park was the site of the Boston Massacre, when the Yankees came to Boston and took all 5 games of a marathon series.  At that time, the American League East division was very much up for grabs.  Now, the Yankees Magic Number is 6, and the BoSox trail the Bombers by 11.5 games.  That makes the upcoming double-double marathon at Yankees Stadium nearly meaningless.

The upcoming marathon is almost meaningless for Robinson Cano and the Yankees

Meaningless though it may be, this is the final series for the BoSox to give Red Sox Nation something to cheer about.  There will be no playoff baseball at Fenway Park this season, so this upcoming 4-game set is the playoffs, for the Boston Red Sox.  The Yankees have only playoff seedings to play for; the Red Sox have their team pride at stake. 

By the way, I’ve yet to mention the reason why Boston and New York will square-off 4 times in just 2 days.  A day-night doubleheader was previously scheduled for Saturday, because of a prior rain-out at Yankees Stadium this season.  One game was scheduled for Friday, and Sunday’s game was the Sunday Night Baseball selection by ESPN.  Today’s game was rained-out and rescheduled for Sunday, thus creating the weekend marathon at Yankees Stadium. 

Here are my predictions for each game…

Game 1: Saturday September 16 at 1:20PM

Pitchers: Josh Beckett (Red Sox) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees)

Prediction: Yankees 7 Red Sox 3

Details: This is a battle between each team’s current aces — Curt Schilling is currently injured for Boston — and Wang has been one of the MLB’s best pitchers this season.  The Yankees’ sophomore righthander is 17-5 this season, and he has given the Red Sox plenty of trouble.  Expect that to stay the same, and expect the Yankees to continue doing well against Josh Beckett. 

Game 2: Saturday September 16 at 8:05PM

Pitchers: Julian Tavarez (Red Sox) vs. Randy Johnson (Yankees)

Prediction: Red Sox 3 Yankees 2

Details: Julian Tavarez is (1-0) with a 4.91ERA since joining the Red Sox starting rotation, and the Yankees have not scored a run off of him in 7 and one-third innings.  Randy Johnson is currently pitching well, but he seems to get frustrated easily when he faces the Red Sox, and I do not expect this outing to be any different.  This should be the lowest-scoring game of the series, and his success against the Bombers is my motive for predicting that Julian Tavarez and the BoSox will win Game 2.

Game 3: Sunday September 17 at 1:05PM

Pitchers: Kyle Snyder (Red Sox) vs. Jaret Wright (Yankees)

Prediction: Yankees 12 Red Sox 8

Details: A pitching matchup of two inconsistent starters who have struggled against their opponents will lead to a high-scoring slugfest.  There’s no team better at scoring runs than the Yankees, so it’s hard to pick against them in a game where I expect the final totals to include 20 runs split between the two teams.  The Yanks will eat up Kyle Snyder, and the Red Sox will make Jaret Wright look wrong, but the Yankees will simply be uncatchable. 

Game 4: Sunday September 17 at 8:05PM

Pitchers: Kason Gabbard (Red Sox) vs. Mike Mussina (Yankees)

Prediction: Red Sox 6 Yankees 5

Details: Kason Gabbard hasn’t been scored on in his last 2 outings, and the Red Sox seem to be doing better against Mike Mussina every time he faces them.  With little at stake, the Yankees can afford a series split, and Mussina may be kept to a pitch limit as the Yankees begin to prepare for the playoffs.  This game may be decided by the bullpens, but if it isn’t, I think the Red Sox have the edge.  If it comes down to the relievers, the Yankees have the advantage.  Close game all the way.

So, as you can see, I’m predicting a split.  I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been right, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the opposite (a sweep), but I think a 2-2 split would be more than acceptable for both Boston and New York. 

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TRIVIA!!!

Yesterday’s Question and its Answer…

Q: Who was the last Giants player to win the NL Rookie of the Year award?

A: Pitcher John Montefusco way back in 1975

And today’s question…

Who were the first Red Sox and Yankees players to win the AL MVP award?

You can respond to the question by posting a comment, and you’ll find the correct answer at the end of my next post. 

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