By: Billy Lewis
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are set to meet up for four games in the Bronx. Both teams were expected to compete for the AL East crown as the season goes on. Despite the injuries, the Yankees are rolling this season and are off to one of the best starts in their franchise history. The Red Sox, on the other hand, may be experiencing a little World Series hangover as they are hovering around .500.
Heading into the four-series the Yankees sit atop of the AL East. They have won eight series in a row, the most they have since 1998. In fact, they have won 12 of their last 13 series, and the only series loss was a two-game set in Arizona.
The streak has the Yankees sitting 7.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. If things go the Yankees way over the weekend, they can build a double-digit division lead over the defending World Champs. It will be the second meeting for the Bombers and the Sox, with the Yankees winning both games in mid-April.
Get to the Bullpen
The four-game set gets underway Thursday with a matchup of lefties, J.A Happ and Chris Sale. Sale has struggled this season sitting at 1-6, but has started to pitch better of late. Happ has had his struggles keeping the ball in the ballpark this season.
The Bronx Bombers will just need to be patient with Sale. They will need to get his pitch count up in order to see the bullpen. If the Yanks keep the game in reach and get to the Sox bullpen, one has the like their chances. If the bullpens are the difference in the series, it should be a good series for the Yankees.
The Yankees would love to keep their series winning streak alive. By doing so they could start to put the Red Sox in the rearview mirror. That would be a monumental win for the injured Yankees.