It’s just one pitching rotation from today. Johnson versus Schilling at Fenway. Assuming that the Yankees and Red Sox are tied after Thursday, this will be the biggest game of the set.
If the Yankees lose on Friday, then October 1st is must win. And, unlike many must win games, this one really is must win. If they go into the Fenway series tied, and lose the first two games, then the season is over.
If the Yankees win on Friday, and they were tied coming into the series, then a loss on October 1st allows the Red Sox to live another day – and then they get to throw Wakefield on Sunday. If the Yankees win on Friday and Saturday, then they win the A.L. East and Sunday is fun day at Fenway.
Therefore, as you see, if the Yankees are tied heading into that Fenway series, either way, New York has to win on Saturday to have a chance at winning the whole thing.
I hope that the Big Unit is up to the task. And, I hope that Joe Torre manages the games leading into Saturday, as well as the actual game on October 1st, knowing that Saturday is the biggest game of the set with Boston (even though all the games are important).