This past weekend marked the beginning of the Yankee/Red Sox rivalry for the 2016 season which featured the now first place Red Sox (15-10) and the team in the AL East basement, the New York Yankees (8-15).
If you are reading this post for an entirely, or even remotely, unbiased opinion on the matter, you should probably look elsewhere.
After a strong start from Yankee Started Masahiro Tanaka pitching 6 scoreless innings, the Red Sox started to put some offense together for the first time all game after a Jackie Bradley Jr. 2-run double in the 7th to tie the game 2-2. Then in the 8th inning, Mr. Clutch, David Ortiz sent a ball over the Green Monster off of Dellin Betances to give the Sox a 4-2 lead where the score would stay to give Boston a win in game 1.
In game 2 of the series, it was the Red Sox who provided a strong pitching performance not only from Rick Porcello who pitched 7 strong shutout innings to improve to 5-0, but from the bullpen as well that led to an 8-0 win for the Sox thanks to another strong showing from the offense.
Game 3 was more of a seesaw game with teams trading leads throughout the game despite Boston’s ace David Price on the hill.Price struggled a bit giving up 8 hits and 6 earned runs but did managed to pitch 7 innings to earn himself his 4th win of the season. It was ultimately a 2-run home run from Travis Shaw off of Dellin Batances that wrapped around the legendary Pesky Pole to give the Sox lead and eventually the win thanks to an excellent save from Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel once again.
Thanks to a strong showing of both hitting and pitching for the Red Sox, and continued struggles for the Yankees, the Red Sox swept the Yankees in their first rivalry set of the season.
The Red Sox head to the Bronx this upcoming weekend from another series against the Yankees but unless something dramatic changes, it does appear that the Red Sox are going to have the upper hand over the last place pinstripes for the majority of the season.
It may be time for the Yankees to consider overhauling their team, and perhaps front office if they want to be in contention in future but in the meantime, the Red Sox will have no problem reaping the reward from playing a weak New York team throughout the course of the 2016 season.
Looks like the competition for the Red Sox this season in the AL East is going lie with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.
But it sure is nice to see the Red Sox back atop of the AL East after a miserable 2014 & 2015 season.