Over the next six days the Yankees have a perfect opportunity to put some real distance between themselves and their nearest pursuers for the AL East divisional title.
While the Yanks head into Fenway tonight to play a rival that is down on their luck and down in the standings, their main two rivals for the division title clash in Baltimore. Following those two series, the Orioles have to jet out to the west coast and go straight into a three-game series against the tough and equally over-achieving Oakland A’s while the Yanks host the Rays in the Bronx. If the Yankees can handle their business, come Monday morning they could again have a commanding lead. If…..
In the meantime, we’ll try not to think about the elephant in the room that would kill any Yankee post-season run before it begins: the cause of CC Sabathia’s substantial drop in velocity.
Starting it all off this evening is a clash of two rivals on opposite ends of the standings each sending arguably their best pitcher to the mound. If the Yankees are lucky, the Sox will be motivated less by knocking their rivals down in the standings than by knocking their own manager off his perch, though I doubt it.
It’s Kuroda vs. Lester in Fenway.