The Boston Red Sox and New Yankees’ rivalry is interesting and intriguing for a plethora of reasons, one of which being that you never know what to expect in any game in which these two match up against each other. The last game in the rivalry saw Michael Pineda get ejected because of his obvious pine tar use. In tonight’s 14-5 Yankee victory, something just as fascinating happened.
The Sox suffered five errors for just the second time in 35 years at Fenway Park. As world champions, it is surprising to see Boston fold under pressure, even in the most respected and heated rivalry in sports. Five different Sox players committed errors, and shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been particularly poor at fielding, as he notched his third error on the young season.
This season hasn’t started out well for Boston, as they are 10-13 after the ugly loss to the Yanks. New York, however, has had a surprisingly successful season so far. Their major pieces are performing better than expected, and if Mark Teixeira increases his power numbers, the Yankees will be in contention for the division crown.
Former Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-6 with three RBIs and a run for the Bronx Bombers. Most times when a team “buys” a player from another team, it doesn’t end well. However, Ellsbury is batting .337 with 10 RBIs on the season. Obviously, the Red Sox would really like to have his services back in Bean town.
Boston hasn’t started out the season well, but this team is battle-tested and will respond. Last season, the Red Sox struggled out the gate and won a World Series. I don’t believe Red Sox Nation should be worried just yet.