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The Yankees by a whisker

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees and Red Sox have played 177 regular-season games this decade. The Yankees lead the series 94-83 and have outscored their rivals by a grand total of three runs, 900-897.

The teams have split 14 postseason games with the Yankees holding a 75-70 edge in runs.

It’s pretty amazing to think that these two teams have played 191 times since the start of the 2000 season and the difference is eight runs.

To put it another way, the average score is Yankees 5.10, Red Sox 5.06.

 
 

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48 Responses to “The Yankees by a whisker”

  1. Carl September 25th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Best Rivalry ever

  2. MG September 25th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    September 25th, 2009 at 9:58 am
    the post season seems very simple to me:
    1. The Yankees have the best team on the field, all they need to do is score some runs on a consistent basis. They don’t need 10 per game, just 4-5 reliably.
    2. They have 3 solid starters-CC, AJ, and Andy-2 out of the 3 need to pitch well.
    3. They have the best bullpen for the playoffs-Mo and Hughes are the two best at the end and Robertson, Aceves, and Coke are good enough earlier if they need help.
    4. Solid bench-Gardner, Hairston, and Guzman (if active) give them a weapon they haven’t had in many years at the end of the game.

    Put that all together it spells championship #27. The rest of the stuff isn’t important at all.

  3. upstate kate September 25th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    living up to the “best rivalry in baseball” tag

  4. Bronx Jeers September 25th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Here’s to seeing that slight edge grow over the next month.

    And hopefully Pete will be enjoying that hard earned quality time with his family a bit earlier than originally expected.

  5. asdfasdf September 25th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    FIRST

  6. ADam September 25th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    should be a great series…. yanks take 2 of 3

  7. Evan September 25th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Think how Bad Boston would be if they didn’t play in that band box.

  8. Evan September 25th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Hell, think how Bad Boston would be if the umps didn’t give them ever freaking call.

  9. Rishi September 25th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    so why is all the Yankee-RS coverage on ESPNBoston – no need to even fake being impartial

  10. Doreen September 25th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I’ll echo the comments above: that’s the reason this is the best rivalry in (at least pro) sports.

    It’s also why, as heretical as this statement will read, that if either team gets beaten by the other, it is nothing to be ashamed of.

    I knew they were close, but boy, they’re a whisper apart. Two incredibly talented teams who have ownership that cares about winning. Each team drives the other to even more success. Both in the same division. Amazing, really.

    If the Yankees and Red Sox meet in the ALCS, once again it will overshadow the WS (with the possible exception of a Yankees/Dodgers contest).

  11. Rex September 25th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “Hell, think how Bad Boston would be if the umps didn’t give them ever freaking call.”

    You share a cell with Pir-one?

  12. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I hate the red sox and everything they stand for.

  13. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Rex September 25th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “Hell, think how Bad Boston would be if the umps didn’t give them ever freaking call.”

    You share a cell with Pir-one?
    =========================

    You missed last week’s travesty when the Angels got jobbed in Boston.

    Mike Sciosia even called the umps out in the media. Everyone on the blog agreed. As did most columnist.

  14. Erica - always OPPC September 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I am a post behind because I am literally drowning in work-

    But I think John Kruk might be a troll on this board.
    All of his “opinions” get posted here all the time

  15. m September 25th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Doreen,

    I like “whisper” better. The Yankees don’t do whiskers. :)

    I think AJ should still be the #2 in the playoffs. That’s just the way they drew it up. He’s “capable” of shutting down a lineup. And he pitches better at home.

    Andy can clinch for us. ;)

  16. upstate kate September 25th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Doreen-
    I have 2 sisters (and their families) that live in MA. We agree we have the 2 best teams, just not who is on top.

    Erica-
    that made me laugh out loud

  17. Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Erica – always OPPC September 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I am a post behind because I am literally drowning in work-
    =======================================

    why are you swimming in the Hudson?

  18. betsy September 25th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I take it that the Yankees should not bother showing up for the post-season…Kruk is a first-class idiot, but this is nothing new. Baseball Tonight is a joke and so is ESPN.

  19. Rex September 25th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    TM:

    No I didn’t. I saw it. Umps made a bad call. Twice. That’s not in dispute.

    But the notion that Boston has been helped or hurt by umpiring anymore than any other team, including the Yankees is unfounded.

  20. Giuseppe Franco September 25th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Erica – always OPPC September 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    But I think John Kruk might be a troll on this board.
    All of his “opinions” get posted here all the time

    ————–

    Nicely done.

    I was about to make a very similar remark until you beat me to it.

  21. Don Capone September 25th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Any Lost fans here? There seems to be a Yankees-Red Sox thing going on. All of Hurley’s “cursed” numbers have been retired by the Yankees. Check my blog.

  22. jpb1973 September 25th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Hey folks, how about this story!!! A Syracuse area teacher (a Red Sox fan) told a 4th grade student to turn his T-shirt inside out because it was a Yankee T-shirt and the kid was a Yankee fan.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/i....._teac.html

    There isn’t much tolerance in Red Sox Nation.

  23. m September 25th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....more-12733

    more on Girardi the manager.

  24. MaineYankee September 25th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Doreen
    September 25th, 2009 at 11:18 am
    I’ll echo the comments above: that’s the reason this is the best rivalry in (at least pro) sports.

    It’s also why, as heretical as this statement will read, that if either team gets beaten by the other, it is nothing to be ashamed of.

    —————————————————-

    That thought process doesn’t work when you live among the enemy. They aren’t that objective.

    Neither am I. :lol:

  25. randy l. September 25th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    verlander threw 126 pitches last night after 128 pitches in his last start.

    if he keeps having high pitch counts like that he’s not likely to be as strong as he usually is.

    good for the yankees.

  26. Stultus Magnus September 25th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Tunnel Man September 25th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I hate the red sox and everything they stand for.

    =================

    Please ammend to “I hate the red sox and kate hudson and everything they and their flat chests stand for”

  27. DieHardYankee5 September 25th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    zell just released some new demolition photos of Yankee Stadium!

    http://zellspinstripeblog.com/.....ium-92509/

  28. Jay September 25th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Please ammend to “I hate the red sox and kate hudson and everything they and their flat chests stand for”

    LMAO

  29. RonH September 25th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    More facts Pete! How do you do it!? I hope Kruk’s paying attention.

  30. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Pete, will you give us some valedictory revised postseason predictions before the 29th of September?

    Some of us would like to know your thoughts before you become The Departed.

  31. Pat M. September 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Betsy, I wasn’t certian if my Happy Birtday seniments were recieved yesterday, so once again Happy B-Day…21 Right ????

  32. Rex September 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “verlander threw 126 pitches last night after 128 pitches in his last start.”

    Unlike the Yankees, Boston and LAA, the Tigers actually have to play to see beyond next weekend. They may have to ride him for 2 more starts (Tuesday and Sunday) just to qualify.

  33. Sports Geek September 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    One VERY VERY important thing to consider…

    … The sequence of pitchers in the DS impacts the sequence of pitchers in the LCS. (if the DS goes 5 games). Consider the following sequence (based on AJ pitching 2nd):

    ALDS A
    Gm 1- 10/07 home . CC
    Gm 2- 10/09 home . AJ
    Gm 3- 10/11 away . Andy
    Gm 4- 10/12 away . CC
    Gm 5- 10/14 home . AJ

    LCS
    Gm 1- 10/16 home . Andy
    Gm 2- 10/17 home . CC
    Gm 3- 10/19 away . AJ
    Gm 4- 10/20 away . Joba (?)
    Gm 5- 10/22 away . CC
    Gm 6- 10/24 home . AJ
    Gm 7- 10/25 home . Andy

    WS
    Gm 1- 10/28 home . CC
    Gm 2- 10/29 home . AJ
    Gm 3- 10/31 away . Andy
    Gm 4- 11/01 away . Joba (?)
    Gm 5- 11/02 away . CC
    Gm 6- 11/04 home . AJ
    Gm 7- 11/05 home . Andy

    Note that with this sequence, CC pitches 6 times, AJ 6 times, Andy 5 times, and Joba twice (if all series go their full length).

    Now of course, the ALCS and WS sequences can change if the Yankees win the preceeding series in less games than the full 5 or 7 games, OR if the Yankees decide they want to go with CC on less days’ rest.

    Here’s an interesting possibility for the ALCS, if the Yankees use CC on a 4-day sequence:

    ALDS A
    Gm 1- 10/07 home . CC
    Gm 2- 10/09 home . AJ
    Gm 3- 10/11 away . Andy
    Gm 4- 10/12 away . CC
    Gm 5- 10/14 home . AJ

    LCS
    Gm 1- 10/16 home . CC (4 days)
    Gm 2- 10/17 home . Andy
    Gm 3- 10/19 away . AJ
    Gm 4- 10/20 away . CC (4 days)
    Gm 5- 10/22 away . Andy
    Gm 6- 10/24 home . AJ
    Gm 7- 10/25 home . CC

    WS
    Gm 1- 10/28 home . Andy
    Gm 2- 10/29 home . AJ
    Gm 3- 10/31 away . CC
    Gm 4- 11/01 away . Joba (?)
    Gm 5- 11/02 away . Andy
    Gm 6- 11/04 home . CC (4 days)
    Gm 7- 11/05 home . AJ

    Note that with this sequence, CC pitches 7 times, AJ 6 times, Andy 5 times, and Joba once (if all series go their full length).

  34. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Don Capone: just checked out your Lost post, very nice. Love that show!

  35. Jay September 25th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    i’m not holding out much hope for tonight with Joba going against Lester. He probably has better stuff than Lester, but no command. Command is so much more important for a starter. That’s why I’m optimistic that Hughes and IPK will eventually be good starters. They show the signs of developing command. Joba can only be a good set-up man until he gets it. Can’t start or close without command. Right now he’s Kei Igawa with a fastball.

  36. Gotham rules September 25th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    It’s well documented that a New York-Boston rivalry was of no more significance than the good New York-Baltimore rivalries. It’s only because of Boston being a little closer to New York and New Englanders north of New Haven overwhelmed with a city the size of New York.
    There’s no way to determine just how many bandwagon people jumped on the silly thing called Red Sox Nation beginning in 2004 after 86 sorrowful years.

  37. big kev September 25th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    7-7 split in postseason play????? I guess we’re not counting the 4 games to 1 yankee win in the 1999 ALCS…

  38. Peter Abraham September 25th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Big Kev:

    What part of “this decade” didn’t make sense?

  39. Vader September 25th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Pete,

    Are you going to the Pats game on Sunday?

  40. Don Capone September 25th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Nick,

    Feb. is a long time to wait for more Lost. I’m re-watching the series. Almost done with the 1st season. I’ll keep my eye out for more Yanks-Sox stuff.

  41. Vader September 25th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Gotham rules…I have friends in the RI/MA area that have never been to NYC and never plan on going.

    How funny is that?

  42. Nick in SF in Santa Rosa September 25th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Don, we are just now at the halfway point from the end of season 5 to the start of season 6.

    It’s almost too much to take… thank goodness for Yankee baseball and Cal Bear/NY Giants football. And, um, the daily joys of friends and family, of course.

  43. Marie September 25th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Off topic NSFW video (not safe for work)! Paps almost get into a fight trying to get pictures of Arod and Kate. I’m not quite sure what to say about this. It’s so obnoxious it defies understanding. I’m just glad they were safe in their car when all heck broke out.

    http://x17video.com/celebrity_.....il_ris.php

  44. mick September 25th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    sports geek

    in the alcs you have andy going game 7 on 8 days rest when he would be available game 5 on the road where he thrives. why not give cc game 6 at home on 6 days rest? does aj in game 7 scare you? you have him going game 5 in the alds.

    of course it’s all moot if we win the alds in 4.

  45. Van September 25th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    The most significant score is 26-7…and that’s not close at all.

  46. Kruckie's Mom September 25th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    //Think how Bad Boston would be if they didn’t play in that band box.//

    Yup, just like that right field wall in new Yankee Stadium. That’s what got the Yankees first place this year. Hopefully they adjust it during the off-season. Then a mediocre team with no pitching most likely won’t come in first place again.

    Yanks tossed in the first round…as usual!

  47. Gotham rules September 25th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Vader
    September 25th, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    Gotham rules…I have friends in the RI/MA area that have never been to NYC and never plan on going.

    How funny is that?

    ………………

    The easy answer is they’re afaid of getting lost and are content with mediocrity.

  48. B?ac?? October 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

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