The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are set for their second installment of the biggest rivalry in the game of baseball. After the opening week series that saw Boston win the opener, then the Yankees take the final two, the two teams have not met since.
After years of postseason battles, along with decades of battles within the American League East, the Red Sox and Yankees have a ton of history. Currently, in 2010, the defending World Series Champion New York Yankees have gotten off to a quick start; 19-8, for second place in the American League East. Boston, on the other hand has struggled a bit, fourth place, 6.5 games behind the Rays.
The Yankees are getting excellent production from infielder Robinson Cano. He leads the team in batting average (.362), homeruns (9), runs batted in (21) and runs scored (23). New York has been solid at the plate, with a .275 batting average, which ranks second in the American League. Their pitching also ranks third, with a 3.38 earned run average.
For Boston, new comer Adrian Beltre has been the hot hitter, leading the team with a .323 batting average. Former Most Valuable Player, Dustin Pedroia leads the team with 7 homeruns and 21 runs batted in. Boston as a team is batting .272, which is fifth in the American League. The Red Sox pitching has struggled, 11th in ERA, with a 4.76.
The Yankees will send Phil Hughes, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett to the mound. Hughes and Burnett are a combined 7-0, while Sabathia, former Cy Young is 3-1 on the season. Boston will send Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester to the mound. The
The two teams will play a short two game set in the Bronx May 17th and 18, and then a four game set the first full week in August. In late September the Red Sox will go back to Yankee Stadium for a three game set, then the final series of the season; October 1-3 the Red Sox will host the Yankees.