No, this series won’t have the same rivalry intensity as there has been in the past. But the Red Sox know what’s at stake, and I think Terry Francona’s managing strategy will reflect that. (Watch out for a Clay Buchholz out of the bullpen.)
Head to Head:
The Yankees are 7-5 against the Red Sox this season, and these two teams meet again next weekend in the last series of the year. That should be entertaining.
|Date:||Red Sox starters||Yankees starters|
|Fri., 7:05 p.m.||Josh Beckett (5-5, 5.71)||Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.81)|
|Sat., 4:10 p.m.||Jon Lester (18-8, 3.06)||Ivan Nova (1-0, 4.11)|
|Sun., 8:05 p.m.||D. Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86)||Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.94)|
Prediction: This is a really big series, and unfortunately the Yankees don’t have their rotation lined up. Luckily, they won’t have to deal with Buchholz (as a starter, at least). I think the Yankees will win tonight and tomorrow, but lose Sunday.