So the Yankees have dropped two straight and six of nine. They played another sloppy game in falling to Kansas City 11-5 Thursday night. They are out of first place for the first time since April 12. Can the Red Sox be the antidote?
Boston is coming to start a three-game series at Yankee Stadium tonight. The Sox have also been underachieving, now 17-20 after dropping two straight at Toronto, although they did begin at 2-10.
Joe Girardi is hoping, though, that this series can jump-start the Yankees.
“Maybe it’s what we need,” Girardi said. “Maybe we need the Red Sox to come in. Everything seems to get turned up, the coverage, the intensity. The games seem to take on a new flavor. Each at-bat seems to take on a new game of its own. Maybe it is the right time. I don’t know. But I know we’re capable of playing much better. And we need to start doing that.”
Tonight’s matchup will feature Bartolo Colon and Clay Buchholz.