The Yankees have come to visit me (and the Red Sox) in Boston this weekend, and they couldn’t have picked a better time. Riding a seven-game winning streak, they’ve tied the Red Sox for the division lead. This means whichever team wins this series will also leave with the division lead.
On the Hill:
Friday: Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30) vs. Jon Lester (11-4, 3.17)
Saturday: CC Sabathia (16-5, 2.55) vs. John Lackey (9-8, 6.23)
Sunday: Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22) vs. Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20)
Players to Watch:
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira has hit six home runs and driven in 18 runs since July 22.
Jacoby Ellsbury: In 87 at-bats since his first All-Star appearances he is hitting .322 with seven home runs and 16 RBI. He also batted .382 and had 14 multi-hit games in 110 July at-bats.
The pitching matchups don’t look good for the Yankees except for Saturday. Not good at all. Sabathia wins No. 17 (or the Yankees win but he doesn’t factor in the decision), and the Yankees drop the other two.