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Yankees (94-67) vs. Red Sox  (69-92)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (15-11, 3.34) vs. RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-6, 7.68)

Yankees Lineup

Jeter SS
Suzuki LF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Granderson CF
Ibanez DH
Martin C

Game Information:

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network and ESPN. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880. (more…)

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There can be no doubt that the American League East is easily the best division in baseball. In fact, this year could wind up being historic in terms of division play, as my projections show 4 of the 5 teams capable of winning 90+ games this season – a feat that’s never been accomplished before. Is the talent level in the East really that much better than the rest of the AL? In a word, YES.

Both the Boston Red Sox and Yankees look to be the class of baseball this year. I project both teams to win 105 games this year and finish tied for the division crown. How evenly matched are the two juggernauts? The projections also have them splitting the season series, 9-9. Many prognosticators are giving the edge to the Red Sox this year, based on their starting rotation of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz. While the Yankees rotation is known to be unsettled, relying on a return to form by AJ Burnett, Phil Hughes avoiding regression from his 18-8 2010 season, and a collection of rookies and reclamation projects to fill the 4 & 5 spots, the Sox rotation also has question marks. Can Lackey reclaim his form? Can Beckett come back from an injury plagued season? Will Buchholz ever deliver on his promise? Can Matsuzaka come back from injuries and inconsistency? In short, both teams could have excellent rotations – or horrible ones, once you get past the aces. But offensively, both squads are loaded 1 – 9. The Yankees projected line-up of Derek Jeter, Nick SwisherMark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Brett Gardner may actually be better than the team that led the league in runs scored last season. Boston counters with Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, JD Drew, Marco Scutaro, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. Both line-ups are capable of scoring 1,000 runs. The real differentiators between the teams are in the bullpens and on the bench. The Yanks have a slight edge in the bullpen, with the 1 – 1a tandem of Mariano Rivera and Rafael Soriano. The Sox have a slight edge on the bench.

As for the rest of the division, Tampa Bay suffered some tremendous free-agent losses. Despite that, they come into the season with their only real question being the strength of the bullpen, where the oft-traveled Kyle Farnsworth heads a makeshift relief corps. The additions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, along with new shortstop Reid Brignac and rookie Desmond Jennings, should actually make the offense better. And Tampa’s rotation remains one of the game’s best, led by David Price. But while good enough to win pretty much any other division in the game, this year’s Rays aren’t in the same class as either New York or Boston.

The same goes for the Orioles, although Baltimore may have the most improved team in the league. The infield was completely remade, as Mark Reynolds, Derek Lee and JJ Hardy join Brian Roberts. The O’s also brought in veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero and closer Kevin Gregg. Add in what looks to be the league’s best young rotation and proven winner (and old friend) Buck Showalter as manager, and Baltimore is poised to shock people the same way Toronto did last year.

As for the Blue Jays, this team lost too much – and replaced those parts with questionable signings – from last year’s overachieving squad to compete this year. They’ve brought in pitching guru John Farrell to lead the team, but this team will suffer from losing Cito Gastons “let-’em-fly” attitude on offense. Include a rookie catcher, changes at 1st, 3rd and all three OF spots and it will prove to be too much turnover to overcome. One bright spot for the Jays this year could be rookie starter Kyle Drabek, one of the game’s more hyped young pitchers.

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Yankees (95-65) at Red Sox (87-72)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.72

Lineup

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada C
Berkman DH
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight (the final series of the regular season) against the Boston Red Sox. The games will take place at Fenway Park. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-3, 3.17) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.72)

Sat: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-15, 5.33) vs RHP Clay Buchholz (17-7, 2.33)

Sun: TBA vs RHP John Lackey (13-11, 4.47)

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NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 21: Phil HughesRed Sox (86-68) at Yankees (92-63)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Phil Hughes (17-8, 4.31) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Berkman DH
Granderson CF
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight against the Boston Red Sox. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Fri: LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81) vs RHP Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)

Sat: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.37) vs LHP Jon Lester (18-8, 3.06)

Sun: RHP Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.94) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)

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Red Sox (19-19) at Yankees (23-12)

Pitching Matchup

RHP Phil Hughes (5-0, 1.38) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 6.35)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Gardner CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Cano 2B
Cervelli C
Thames RF
Winn LF
Pena 3B (more…)

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The Yankees will open up a two-game set against the Boston Red Sox tonight. The series will be held at Yankee Stadium this time around. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 6.35) vs RHP Phil Hughes (5-0, 1.38)

Tue: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.46) vs LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71)

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In the part three of our Yankees vs Red Sox series we look at the pitching for both teams. While we may not be able to predict with 100% accuracy which slot everyone fits into the rotation, we feel the assessments are generally inline with past history with both teams. You can see part one here and part two here.

Starting Rotation

CC Sabathia vs Josh Beckett

Edge: Slight Edge to CC. When I say slight, I mean as small as a piece of hair.  Both these pitchers are great front of the rotation aces that anyone would have on their team. Last year CC proved he could pitch in NY and on short rest in the playoffs which is great. The fact that CC is a lefty provides the slimmest of margins in their comparison.

AJ Burnett vs Jon Lester

Edge: Lester. The previous two years Lester has really come into his own going 31-14 with a sub 3.50 ERA and 377 K’s. While AJ’s line for the previous two years is comparable, 31-19 with a 4.06 ERA and 426 K’s, his propensity for wildness and being prone to injuries give Lester the edge here. (more…)

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Yesterday Dan Shaughnessy wrote (hat tip to Was Watching) a scathing article about how the Red Sox claim they are in a transition/bridge period and to expect them not to be as good as they once were. I, personally love this article and Shaughnessy is right, the Red Sox shouldn’t kid themselves, they are made of the same blood the Yankees are. Here are the best parts, for the rest, click the above link.

John Henry and Theo Epstein are preparing you for the Big Slide. While they continue to raise ticket prices and drain every dollar out of Fenway, they are telling you to put your expectations on the shelf. No more “championship-driven’’ campaign for your Red Sox. The Sox are building a “bridge’’ for the future. They are giving up on competing with those big, bad Yankees.

Please. Sounds to me like a bridge over troubled waters.

What a joke. First we had Sarah Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere. Then we had Bob Kraft donating thousands to Deval Patrick in an obvious (thus far, failed) effort to get the government to pay for a $9 million bridge to connect a couple of his parking lots. Now it’s Theo selling his bridge between championship seasons.

Great use of referencing Sarah Palin. Will we see Palin-Red Sox signs at Yankee Stadium next year? I can only hope so. Continue to see more after the jump.

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Chapman

Aroldis Chapman, a lefthanded Cuban pitcher who has been known to hit triple digits on the radar gun will soon be making close, if not more than $10 million a year. Currently, the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox (among other teams) are likely to court the Cuban Defector. While I fully support the Yankees’ quest to further the talent on their club, I am not so sure about Aroldis Chapman. Looking back on previous talent the Yankees have either signed from Japan or as Cuban defectors, their career haul hasn’t been that great in all honesty. The lone exception is El Duque, who had been above average during his time with the Yankees (See: 1998 ALCS). Here are the career stats for those wonderful Yankees imports:

El Duque: 90-65, 4.13 ERA

Kei Igawa: 2-4, 6.66 ERA

Jose Contreras: 71-63, 4.61 ERA

Hideki Irabu: 34-35, 5.15 ERA

Going even further, Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn’t been that great for all the hype he has received. His career numbers are: 37-21 with a 4.00 ERA.

In conclusion, while Aroldis Chapman could potentially be a devastating weapon to have, especially in Yankees Stadium, the trends that have been set before him don’t favor his success. I fully expect the Yankees to be involved in this and I wish them the best of luck. However, if Chapman bombs in his MLB career, I will be the first one in the ‘I Told You So’ line.

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CC Sabathia

Yankees (97-56) vs. Red Sox (90-62)

Pitching Matchup:

LHP CC Sabathia (18-7, 3.31 ERA) vs RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-5, 6.80 ERA)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C (more…)

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