Alex Cora and Edgar Renteria have been hot lately for the Red Sox. Over their team’s last 9 games, Renteria is batting .342 and Cora is batting .357 (although Cora only played in 6 of those 9 games).
The Yankees know that Ortiz and Manny are going to hit. And, they know that Bill Mueller will hit them as well – he always does. And, Trot Nixon will get big hits off RHP. You really cannot stop them – you can only hope to contain them.
But, the Yankees have to find a way to get Cora and Renteria out in this series this weekend. That could be the key for New York. You need to get 27 outs to win and Cora and Renteria might be able to provide close to a third of those 27 outs.
On the Yankees side, Jeter, Matsui, A-Rod and Cano have all been hitting well lately. Even Sierra, in his last 6 games, has been doing OK. Obviously, they need to keep this up in Fenway.
But, the key for the Yankees offense in this series just may be Bernie Williams, Gary Sheffield, and Jason Giambi.
Bernie has hit well in his last 4 games (.312). And, Sheffield has 3 HR in his last 4 games. Giambi has been an on-base machine in his last four games. But, that all was against Baltimore. In the series before the visit to Camden, these three did not perform as well.
Cora, Renteria, Williams, Sheffield, and Giambi. Come Sunday night, we’ll know how they all did. Keep you fingers crossed Yankees fans.