On the eve of their first meeting of the season, the Yanks and Sox have each played 14 games. The Sox are 9-5, the Yanks right behind at 8-6. The big story in Boston: the arrival of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who appears to be the real deal despite a lack of run support and (at present) a losing record. Also of note: the terrific starting pitching thus far, Papelbon’s return to the pen, the anemic offense, and Curt Schilling’s blogging. In NY, the big story is, of course, Alex Rodriguez (OMG HE IS SOOOOO HOT). Also, the injury woes of the starting staff, Derek’s fielding issues, the bullpen’s brilliance despite Mo’s freak blown save, and the team’s general offensive excellence. Basically, the Sox have been all about pitching, and the Yanks have been all about hitting (especially by Alex). A head-to-head breakdown of the stats is after the jump.
* Indicates AL leader
BOS: .200 *
Wins By Overpriced Japanese Import
Combined Record of Opposition
† Note: Due to ESPN’s faulty system (where have you heard that before?), some of these stats appear to be missing the results of today’s games. Apologies.