Yankees @ Red Sox: 4/20 - 4/22

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  1. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Courtesy of River Ave Blues -

    For the second straight season the Red Sox have gotten off to about as frustrating a start as both the team and fanbase could imagine, stumbling out to a 4-8 record due largely to some utterly abysmal pitching. Boston’s pitching staff — a significant question mark heading into the year — has been horrendous, and is currently dead last in MLB with a 6.20 ERA (an astoundingly bad 6.63 for the bullpen, and an equally poor 5.97 for the starters) and third-to-last with a 4.78 FIP. Somehow the Rays — remember them, the team that swept the Yankees during the first weekend of the season? — actually have a worse bullpen ERA than Boston, at 8.63. I suppose if it’s any consolation to the Fenway faithful, Boston was only 2-10 after its first dozen games in 2011, so it could be worse.

    That the Sox have even won four games is a testament to what’s been an exceptionally hot-and-cold offense thus far — one game they’re pasting the opposition with 13 runs, the next getting shutout. The Sox currently rank fifth in the American League in wOBA (.328) and seventh in wRC+ (102), while the Yanks are second in both wOBA (.357) and wRC+ (123). The Sox offense is certainly better than they’ve shown thus far, and, like last April, a visit from their rivals to the south could very well be what helps restore order to the Red Sox.

    Of course, the Yankees, at 7-6, have had some of their own issues in the early going as well. Their starting pitching has been nearly as bad as Boston’s, with a 5.59 ERA over 74 innings (for a frame of reference, the 2011 team had a 5.37 ERA over 67 innings through its first 13 games, and were 8-5); however, unlike the Sox, the Yankees feature a bullpen that has been virtually impossible to score on, boasting the lowest ERA in MLB (1.83) by a not-insignificant margin. Additionally, while the Yankee offense has certainly done its job, several key members of the Yankee lineup still have yet to really get going as well — I’m looking at you, Robbie, Alex and Russell — and a visit to one of the friendliest offensive parks in baseball could be just what the doctor ordered.

    Today’s 3pm start marks the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, and as a result, both the Sox and Yanks will be wearing throwback jerseys. Per Marc Carig, this is the first time the Yankees have ever worn a throwback jersey (per that same article, the only time the Yankees have played an official game in uniforms other than their own was on a day to celebrate the Negro Leagues in 1996, when the team wore the uniforms of the New York Black Yankees while the Detroit Tigers donned the uniforms of the old Detroit Stars), and it’s quite cool of the franchise to acquiesce and ensure that Boston’s big day is properly recognized considering the history between the two teams.

    Friday at 3pm: RHP Ivan Nova vs. RHP Clay Buchholz

    Saturday at 4pm: RHP Freddy Garcia vs. LHP Felix Doubront

    Sunday at 8pm: LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Daniel Bard
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    Should be an interesting series...wish I could be at Fenway today...just to see Terry Francona get a huge cheer...lol
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    Swisher and Chavez....2 jacks in the 2nd! score in top of 3rd is 3-1 Yanks
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    Ibanez GIDP to end 3rd...ugh

    Ibanez Yankee Stadium Update: 5 for 16 (.313) at home, 3 for 15 (.200) on road
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    Eric Chavez with his 2nd HR of the game in his second AB! 4-1 Yankes top of 4
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    strange how if Gardner hadn't gotten hurt, Ibanez would be the DH instead of LF and Chavez wouldn't have even started today....
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    Nova still looking good I see
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    leaving work soon...so synopsis will soon stop...
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    A-Rod with his 2nd HR of the season, 631st of his career...now sits alone in the #5 spot, 1 ahead of Ken Griffey, Jr.
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    you suck
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    yes, yes he does...he sucks quite greatly
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    CLay settled down to end the inning
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    hey some of us can't sit at work pretending to work all day...
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    Yankees have scored on an error, wild pitch, and single by A-Rod and then 4 solo home runs...
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    but have scored in 4 of the 5 innings and had men 1st and 3rd in the 3rd when Ibanez hit into the DP
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    The funny thing is that his ERA has gone down this game even though he has given up 4 earned runs in 5 innings...

    #weaksauce

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