Rivalries. It’s one of the reasons we watch sports. Lakers vs Celtics, Packers vs Bears, Penguins vs Flyers, Michigan vs Ohio State, Duke vs North Carolina. You don’t have to be a fan of any of those teams to enjoy watching the games. They’re almost always competitive and the outcome of the game is monumental. And not just for league standing; for pride.
The Yankees and Red Sox have met a total of 2,234 times in the regular season. The Yankees hold the edge with a record of 1,202-1,018-14. Apparently Major League Baseball used to have ties. Who knew? In the postseason, the Yankees hold the edge as well, boasting an 11-8 record. Starting today, none of that history matters. It’s 0-0, best of five, winner goes on to the ALCS. How can you not love postseason baseball?
In Game 1, Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11) will take the mound for Boston. J. A. Happ (17-6, 3.65) will be on the hill for New York. This promises to be a pitcher’s duel. But there’s a lot of offense in these lineups for this series. Probable AL MVP Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox onto the field. J. D. Martinez is no slouch either. With other key pieces like Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Mitch ‘Mitchy 2 Bags’ Moreland, the Sox are primed at any time to put some runs on the board.
That Yankees will put some offense on display as well. Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, and Didi Gregorius will look to solve the mystery that is Chris Sale. Both pitchers need to be on top of their game. The final score could be anywhere from a low scoring 1-0 to a bombfest 12-11. How each manager prepares these guys before they even take the field will have a definite impact.
Tomorrow’s contest will see David Price facing Masahiro Tanaka. This will be another great pitching match up to watch. Boston hurler Rick Porcello is slated to be the starter in Game 3, no word yet on who will take the mound for the Yankees. Either way, this series promises to have everything we love about baseball. We’re the lucky ones, we get to sit and watch.
There’s still a lot of baseball to go before someone is crowned World Champions. Let’s try to enjoy all of it that we can. Before you know it, we’ll be counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report. My, how time flies.