There’s a buzz in the air tonight. The Rivalry seems to have returned in full force.
We’ve got two hard-throwing righties on the mound, the current ace of the Red Sox vs. the future ace of the Yankees.
We’ve got the return of David Ortiz to a Fenway Park crowd.
We’ve got the Red Sox in first place and the Yankees just three games behind.
We’ve got controversies: Papelbon vs. Mariano, Youkilis vs. Joba, Yankee-fan treatment of Red Sox All-Stars.
In short, we’ve got a Red Sox-Yankees matchup of import. It’s the first time in a while we’ve felt this much excitement about a contest between the two — perhaps the first time since as recently as last September’s Wang-Beckett face–off. Perhaps as long ago as the ill-fated five-game series of 2006.
Both teams are charging hard on the fading Rays; the Yankees could conceivably end the weekend tied with Boston (and Tampa) for first place. Both teams are hurting, but both teams are hitting. For the first time this season, the Red Sox and Yankees are playing games that feel important.
It’s not 2004 just yet. It’s not even 2005. But it might be getting back there. It’s Sox vs. Yanks and everything that entails. Comment away!
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, DH||.315||.384||.463||127|
|Derek Jeter, SS||.285||.347||.404||102|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||.275||.348||.440||111|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||.318||.398||.593||163|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||.256||.399||.533||149|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||.265||.301||.391||85|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||.248||.305||.349||76|
|Jose Molina, C||.222||.260||.300||51|
|Brett Gardner, LF||.161||.238||.179||15|
|Joba Chamberlain, RHP||2-3||71.3||2.52||163|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, LF||.262||.330||.359||81|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||.321||.365||.461||116|
|David Ortiz, DH||.354||.486||118||102|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||.311||.381||.551||142|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||.287||.350||.483||116|
|J.D. Drew, RF||.291||.407||.555||150|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||.292||.338||.400||93|
|Jason Varitek, C||.217||.300||.355||72|
|Coco Crisp, CF||.251||.312||.392||84|
|Josh Beckett, RHP||9-6||120.0||3.98||110|