It was a nice opening home stand for the Yankees overall. After 6 games played, the team is coming away with 2 series wins and a 4-2 record. The team seems to be gelling nicely and all aspects that were a concern seem to be working well. Russell Martin is proving that he has what it takes to handle the pitching staff and also hitting the ball well. Jeter's new stride-less swing has gone from the talk of the town to eliminated as a whole. A.J. Burnett is 2-0 and Posada, Teixeira, and A-Rod are all locked in. Yup, all in all things are looking good in New York.
In Boston, on the other hand, there has yet to be a single pitch thrown in the historic and timeless Fenway Park. The Red Sox have started their season on the road and it has not been a friendly road trip. The trip started in Texas and the pitching gave up 26 runs. From Texas, the team travelled to Cleveland where they were out-scored 12-5 and lost the last game 1-0 due to a base running blunder in the 9th inning. All said and done, the Red Sox come home with an 0-6 record. Something the team hasn't in over 60 years.
This weekend, it's time to get serious. The Yankees have an opportunity to put the Red Sox in an 0-9 hole and make early asses out of all the skeptics that called them underdogs. It is interesting to see all the analysts who picked the Red Sox to run away with the east, now suddenly saying that the team is "not as good as advertised."
The truth is, as a Yankee fan, I get serious joy out of seeing this atrocious start. However, it is just 6 games people. There are 156 more of these things to play. Make no mistake about it, the Red Sox are a great team and they will eventually click. But since we are telling the truth, the Yankees are a much better team than advertised. This weekend's series doesn't mean all that much in the great scheme of things but it can help put things in perspective. This division is going to be tough and it will likely not be decided until the end of the season.
The Red Sox will be coming into this series desperate for a win but the Yanks will be coming into every series looking to prove something. Yet another reason to be excited about Baseball. Let's Go Yankees!