The Yankees beat the Red Sox Friday night for just the second time this season 3 to 2. It moved the Yanks 1 game up on their blood rivals for first place in the American League East. The key to the win was a suprising clutch hit by Nick Swisher and the incredible relief pitching of Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and of course Mariano Rivera. It was certainly a huge win for the team.
Unfortunately, it was short lived. The Yankees had a chance to send a message to the Sawx with their ace, CC Sabathia on the mound and guarantee that they would leave New England’s living room in first place. It didn’t go well as Sabathia was pounded by the Red Sox in a 10-4 Boston win. It dropped the 16-6 Sabathia to 0-4 on the season against the Red Sox with a whopping 7.20 e.r.a. Now, I don’t worry about CC. He has beaten the Red Sox before and he will beat them again. What I worry about is the pride of the Yankee hitters and if they actually have any as the Yanks move toward the postseason.
The Finale of this 3 game set is tonight at Fenway. Freddy Garcia will take on Josh Beckett, who is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA against the Bombers alleged vaunted lineup. It looks like a mismatch on paper for the Yanks. That is why it’s time for the Yankees to bomb an ace pitcher, put some crooked numbers up, and win a game going away. New York needs its most talented offensive player, Robinson Cano to have a game like he did last Saturday against the garbage Orioles. That night Cano went 5 for 5, with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. He needs to put the team on his back, have a game like that tonight, and lead the team to a big win against a great pitcher like Beckett. It is one thing to go off against scrubs and pad your stats. It is another to do it against a stud.
You have to beat good pitchers to win a championship and this club has not shown they can do that yet, especially against Boston. Cano needs to get angry, man up, show he is truly one of the best offensive players in the game, and get the job done no questions asked. This will show me this team has some pride and is as tired of getting smoked by Boston as I am of seeing it.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.