The Boston Red Sox are now 2-0 for the first time since 1999. They’ve twice beaten the New York Yankees, a team with a payroll exceeding $210 million, by a combined score of 15-6. Red Sox fans should try not to get too excited though. Although the team has played extremely well, the Yankees are an absolutely disgraceful baseball club. If the Red Sox wanted to be challenged in the Bronx they’d go to Fordham University to play the Rams. I’ve never seen Fordham play, nor do I follow college baseball as closely as MLB, but they can’t be much worse can they?
Yes, Clay Buchholz looked phenomenal tonight, getting through seven innings in only 94 pitches. Sure, Dustin Pedroia, Daniel Nava, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Shane Victorino and Jose Iglesias had two hits apiece. True, Joel Hanrahan showed that he is as good as advertised, notching his first save of the season without much trouble. There have been so many positive things to take away from the last two games, but the fact remains that the Yankees are a really awful team.
While watching the games the past few days one can’t help but think, what happened to the Yankees? Teams go through hard times, but the product they are putting on the field right now is downright embarrassing. I never thought I would see the Yankees look this bad in my lifetime. I never thought I would see Yankee Stadium that empty. The problem from a Red Sox perspective is that the first two games tell us more about the Yankees than it does about the Red Sox. How can the great game by Buchholz be fairly evaluated if he was pitching against Lyle Overbay, Christ Stewart and Eduardo Nunez? How confident should we feel about Iglesias hitting a double if it’s against Cody Eppley?
The Yankees only hope of competing during the first two months of the year rests on the shoulders of their starting pitchers. C.C. Sabathia will rebound from his rough outing, but Hiroki Kuroda is far from a guarantee. If the Red Sox finish up the sweep tomorrow by beating up on Andy Petitte, the Yankees are in serious trouble. Luckily for the Sox their next three series are against the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll soon find out if the Red Sox are this good, or if the Yankees are this bad.
So what are your thoughts? Are the Red Sox for real this year, or are the Yankees just this bad? Feel free to share your comments to continue the conversation.
Aidan Kearney writes for his own blog aidanfromworcester.com. Follow him on Twitter @aidanfromworc