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August 20, 2007

The Big Week In The A.L. East

The New York Yankees are currently 4 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the A.L. East - with 38 games remaining on the 2007 schedule.

The Yankees and Red Sox are scheduled to face each other on August 28th. Between now, and then, both New York and Boston have seven games to play this week - all on the road (for both teams).

The Red Sox play the last-place Devil Rays for three games and then the last-place White Sox for another four games.

The Yankees play the first-place Angels for three games and then the Tigers (who have the 6th best record in the league) for another four games. By the way, the Angels are 40-17, yes, 40-17, at home so far this season.

Clearly, the schedule, over the next week, favors the Boston Red Sox. But, we know that things don't always work out the way the stats sometimes suggest they may shake out.

Look at it this way, at the best, the Yankees will be three games ahead of the Red Sox, when they meet on August 28th. And, at the worst, the Yankees will be eleven games out of first, when Boston comes to New York.

Personally, I doubt that the Yankees will be three games up or eleven games back on August 28th. It's going to be somewhere in the middle. If I had to predict it, I would offer that the Yankees will be five games back of Boston when the two teams face each other in a week (from now). But, with a little luck, it could only be four games back.

Four games back with 31 games to go? That's pretty good. I think, when you look at the schedule this week, the Yankees would be happy with that as well.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 20, 2007 09:11 AM

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FWIW, it looks like the Yankees will be throwing Pettitte, Clemens and Wang at Boston when they meet - and the Red Sox will counter with Dice-K, Beckett and Schilling. That would be cool. But, again, this is a rough projection on my part.

A Clemens/Beckett match-up will be hyped beyond the normal high hype that we see in these games, for sure.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 20, 2007 09:39 AM

Wish Wang and Andy's matchup could flip though, that would be even more fun, Taiwan's best vs Japan's

Posted by: Yu Hsing Chen [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 20, 2007 09:47 AM

A Clemens/Beckett match-up will be hyped beyond the normal high hype that we see in these games, for sure.
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Not that it's the same thing exactly but it reminds me of the nonsensical hype for the Clemens-Kerry Wood matchup on a Saturday in Chicago in 2003. Wood and Clemens dueled and then the Yanks lost late in the game. Hopefully we smack Beckett around a bit the next time Clemens faces one of the kids that idolize him.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 20, 2007 10:33 AM