Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the biggest story in Major League Baseball continues to be the race between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. No matter what happens with other teams, and how often the narrative temporarily shifts, these two teams keep coming back for more. And it’s easy to see why. They just have such a long, historical rivalry that draws us to them, and they are in massively important markets.
Thursday night’s game between the two clubs looks to be the biggest bit of news from the MLB on the day. In that game, the Red Sox annihilated the Yankees to win by a score of 15-7. No, it wasn’t quite as bad as the 25 given up by the Mets earlier this week, but it’s not a whole lot better. To make matters, worse this is the first game of a four game series that, at least in theory, gave the Yankees a shot to close up to the Red Sox in the standings.
Instead, Boston used three home runs from Steve Pearce to help themselves to a 6.5 game lead over their hated AL East rivals. That division lead is the highest the Sox have had so far this season, and given just how well they are playing, they will back themselves to push on and go even further ahead on Friday night. To further exasperate problems, the Yankees will be very angry for not capitalizing after they jumped ahead 4-0 early on. That simply is unforgivable in that part of the world, and it is something that manager Aaron Boone recognized, saying his team has to do better when it’s not going totally their way.
For the Red Sox, this win only underlines the very serious nature that this is a championship team. In fact, it’s looking like the very best Red Sox team of all time. Sure, they had heroics over a decade ago, but those were legendary and underdog-like. These Red Sox are anything but. For the Yankees, they are down but far from out. The trade deadline indicated one thing, and it was the fact that they sensed it would be tough to get to the top of the division again. So, they beefed up their bullpen for that one game playoff. They should be judged once they get there, and then after that. Not before. Because like we have seen so many times in the past, it won’t really matter until it’s playoff time.