The Yankees came into this season as underdogs. The Red Sox were being presented as the best team in baseball and favored to win it all. I told everyone that they were crazy for believing this and I said that the Red Sox really didn’t improve that much. Their two big moves were Carl Crawford who is currently batting .127 and Adrian Gonzalez who is currently batting .269. Now the Yankees didn’t make nearly as big of a splash but they did add catcher Russell Martin who is batting .281 with 4 HR (gonzo has 1) and reserve third baseman Eric Chavez who is batting .467.
The Yankees have moved into first place with a record of 9-5 while the Red Sox are scraping the bottom of the division with a record of 4-10 and sit 5 games back. Now I realize that five games back is not an insurmountable hill to climb. But you have to be a little concerned if you are a Red Sox Fan,
Ok speaking of being concerned the Rangers who are the defending AL Champs have lost 4 of their last five games including two out of three over the weekend to the Bombers. Last night CC Sabathia again didn’t have his best stuff but it seems that he always keeps the Yankees in a spot to win and battled through six and a third striking out six and giving up four runs. He left with the lead and Joba Chamberlain gave up the tying run that gave the Rangers hope of handing the Yankees their first home series loss but it wasn’t going to happen on Eric Chavez’s watch. Filling in for the ailing Alex Rodriguez Chavez had his second hit of the day , a double that scored Mark Teixeira from second and gave the bull pen the opportunity to close it out. Soriano with the perfect eighth inning got the win and Mariano Rivera converted his seventh save in seven tries and has yet to give up an earned run this season.
The Yankees are off Monday and then head out to Toronto for a Tuesday meeting between undefeated AJ Burnett and Kyle Drabeck at 7:50 EST. In the mean time make sure you follow us on twitter at Yankees Magazine.