The Boston Red Sox have had a tough start to their season. And after dropping 3-of-4 on the weekend series, it could be a bad sign for the boys in Beantown. In both Saturday and Sunday’s games, there were a few plays that had to be looked at with replay, and in both events the calls went against the Sox.
The play that was in question on Sunday was when the Yankees had runners on the corners the Red Sox seemingly thought to end the inning with a double play. Francisco Cervelli was originally called out by umpire Bob Davidson, but after Joe Girardi challenged the play, it was overturned. This was the second overturned call in two games for the Yankees, both of which were questionable. This one was also enough to get Boston’s manager, John Farrell, out of his seat and in the face of Davidson. Farrell would be ejected and the Red Sox would have to play the rest of the game without him. At that point, they were already down 3-1
The Red Sox would score once more in the sixth, off a Mike Napoli homerun. However it wasn’t enough and the Sox came up short on the scoreboard at the end.
If it’s not bad enough for Red Sox fans that their team dropped three games against the Yankees, it could be that New York was able to get these wins without Derek Jeter. Even Carlos Beltran was injured and the aforementioned Cervelli ended his night on the replay call after pulling what appeared to be his hamstring.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, had all of their star players and it still wasn’t enough.
While the Yankees find themselves tied atop the AL East with the Blue Jays and Rays, the Red Sox are already two full games back, as they are off to just a 5-8 start. Not only did they drop three games to the Yankees, but they also got swept by the Brewers in their series last weekend. Next up they’ll play the Chicago White Sox, as Jake Peavy will get his third start of the season. Peavy is yet to get a decision in 2014, starting two games but getting no-decisions in both. For the White Sox, they’ll start Erik Johnson, who is 0-1 on the season with a 9.58 ERA. However, the White Sox are also first in the league with runs scored, 80, and OBP, .356. You can check back with sportspicks.com to see the odds for this series as it progress, as well as for the Yankees series.
The Yankees have got to be happy with where they stand. Especially considering some of the injury problems they have faced this early in the season. They’ll play the other Chicago team on starting on Monday, as they welcome to the Cubs to town. The Cubs are just 4-8 on the season, but two of those wins came from Jason Hammel, who will get the nod on Monday. The Yankees would surely love to get a few wins against the Cubs to bolster their lead in the AL East.
The Red Sox have quickly dropped to 12/1 odds to repeat as World Series Champions this year. On the other hand, the Yankees have improved to 14/1 odds, which just happens to be right behind their rivals in Boston.