This morning, the Red Sox are in 2nd place, 2 games back of the O’s. The Yankees are in 4th place, 5 1/2 back.
Both teams, to date this season, have had batters do very well combined with some that are stinking up the joint. For Boston, Bellhorn, Mueller, Millar, and Renteria have been nothing to brag about. In New York, Giambi and Williams have been ugly at the dish. Posada struggled in April and Matsui struggled somewhat after a hot start as well. Tony Womack has been Tony Womack.
For the Red Sox, Nixon, Ortiz, Varitek, Damon and Manny have been swinging the hot sticks to date. And, for the Yanks, it’s been Tino, A-Rod, Sheffield, and Jeter.
This all said, in terms of starters at the plate, it’s been a wash of sorts between the two teams.
On the mound, the Red Sox have been without Schilling and Wells and the Yankees had bad starts by Wright and Brown. Boston’s Wakefield has been OK so far this year and New York’s Pavano has been so-so. This, all said, is a push (like the batters), to an extent.
However, for the Sox, Arroyo and Clement have been stellar this year – and are a combined 8-0. And, for the Yanks, Mussina and Randy Johnson have been good, but not great every time.
If you took that 8-0 out of the Red Sox record, they would be much like the Yankees to date – playing around .500 ball.
It will be interesting to see where both of these teams take it from here.