That has been the question all season for the Bronx Bombers. They have a great record against other teams, but a 2-10 record against your archrival doesn’t cut it for the fans. At Fenway Park, the Yankees held their own in two of the three games, but they just quite couldn’t win the finale. Are the Red Sox in the Yankees’ heads? Can they beat this team in a seven game series in the ALCS? I still think this team can do that even though most of the media does not think so.
The Red Sox are portrayed as a super team, but they have flaws as well with their rotation just like the Yankees do. A lot of people expected Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon to struggle mightily in this series. Even though they both only went five innings and each got no decisions, I thought they handled themselves well and more importantly, avoided giving up the crooked inning that would take the Yankees out of the game. Those two guys have taken the two and three spots in the rotation by the horns and they increased their trust level for a short series ALDS matchup.
You might only need Garcia/Colon/Nova to go five innings with the strength the Yankees have in their bullpen. We know about the dominance of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, despite his 9th inning blunder on Sunday. Howver, there were three pitchers that did their job this weekend. Cory Wade continued his stretch of stranding 89% of inherited runners, Boone Logan got a great lefty to strikeout in Adrian Gonzalez on Friday.
The most important pitcher who did well in this series was Rafael Soriano. The $39 million man is now the 7th inning guy, but he has finally figured out to accomplish a 1-2-3 inning. He is starting to look like the man who saved 45 games for the Rays last season. If he can stay this dominant, the Yankees can turn every playoff game into a six inning game.
The offense did struggle to hit with men in scoring position, but they should be able to figure that out. Plus, the offenses for the Yankees and Sox are similar. I am not concerned about CC Sabathia because even though he is 0-4 against Boston, I trust him to go into Fenway or the Bronx and win a playoff game.
These teams have six games left and all six will be huge in impacting who gets home field throughout the American League playoffs. Boston is not in their heads because look at it this way, the Red Sox hae dominated the Yankees and the Bombers are still just a game and a half back! This team still has a GREAT chance of winning the AL East and beating their archrivals for the pennant once again.