Eventually, every son will rise up and best his father. For Pedro Martinez, last night was not his time, as Jon Lieber exceeded expectations and dominated the Red Sox. Now the question must be asked… is this series over?
New York Yankees (101-61, AL East champs) vs. Boston Red Sox (98-64, AL Wild Card)
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Ben and Larry talk about their teams’ opening playoff series and the impending ALCS rematch.
The Angels didn’t look like a great team in Game 1, so why does most of the media seem to think they are?
Anaheim Angels (92-70, AL West champs) vs. Boston Red Sox (98-64, AL Wild Card)
The marathon’s officially over, and Ben and Larry are both more than ready to see how the Red Sox and the Yankees do in the sprint.
From the hitter’s haven in Colorado to a couple of pitcher’s paradises on the West Coast, Aaron takes a look at how the ballparks around baseball have played this year.
After five important series between the Red Sox and Yankees, No. 6 just wasn’t all that interesting or important to Larry or Ben. With Boston winning on Monday, both teams are officially in the playoffs, which means the real fun begins in a week.
What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks? What’s better, a kick in the stomach or a punch in the face? Who would you rather face in the first round of the playoffs, New York or Boston?
Aaron has a pre-emptive strike against misguided Cy Young voters.
A great series opener between the rivals that had Ben ecstatic gave way to two weekend duds that left Larry full of confidence.
Ben and Larry talk about the strength of the Yankees and the importance of winning the AL East.
Aaron talks excitement in Boston, playoff positioning, the best non-rookie rookie in the AL, and baseball’s best pitcher.
Bryan sits in an armchair with his crystal ball, recapping the winter that was … 2004-2005.
Aaron takes a stab at handicapping the American League MVP race and finds it a lot harder than he thought it would be.
Will the Red Sox win the AL East and is it OK to think it’s funny that there’s so much concern in the Bronx? Ben and Larry discuss, but don’t find much common ground.
While pitching depth might carry a team in the regular season, front-line talent is crucial in the playoffs. Aaron examines each contender’s postseason pitching staff for clues about who might be best suited for success in October.
September’s just a few days away, and the Yankees and Red Sox have won 11 of their last 14. The East is still tight, the Wild Card even tighter, and the schedule is getting shorter. While looking forward to the crucial games in September, Ben and Larry look back at the last full week of August.
The Red Sox had a spectacular week, the Yankees had an equally dreadful one. Boston’s made up five games in seven days — but they’re still 5½ back. Is this just the beginning of something historic? One thing’s for sure — the AL East just became interesting again.