Saturday, April 12, 2008

The first two rounds out of 18 between the Red Sox and Yankees have resulted in a split decision. Both aces got wins so far. Chien-Ming Wang was brilliant for the Yankees last night, pitching a complete game two-hitter. The only run he gave up was a J.D. Drew home run into the Sox bullpen, a ball that could have been caught be Bobby Abreu.

Today, Beckett looked much more like himself than he did in Toronto, giving up three runs in 6.2 innings as the Sox won 4-3. Manny provided most of the offense, with a homer and a two run double. The highlight of the game was Papelbon coming in after a 2+ hour rain delay and striking out A-Rod with two on and two outs in the 8th.

I know MLB loves to hype up the Sox-Yankees rivalry, but does anyone else think that 18 games are too much? Actually, I think the whole unbalanced schedule is a bit too unbalanced. It feels like we see too much of the Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays and Orioles. I wouldn't mind seeing them scale the division rivals back to 12 games each and playing more games outside the division or even more interleague play.


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