I do not mean to lecture here, or tell you how to respond to the awful series against Boston. I just want to present a few numbers that might change how you feel this fine afternoon.
2007: The Yankees sweep the season series from Cleveland 6-0. They meet in the ALDS, and a few midges later, the Yankees are headed home.
2005: The Yankees take the season series from the Tigers 5-1, losing that one game due to the unavailability of Mariano Rivera. You know what happened next.
1988: The Mets went 10-1 against the Dodgers in the regular season, only to fall to them in the NLCS.
These are the first few that came to mind, and I am sure that there are many other examples of the same thing. Does the regular season series mean nothing? Of course not. Am I concerned about the inability to defeat Boston? Certainly. The Yankees goal is to win the division, and being unable to defeat the Red Sox could interfere with that. However, these are clearly the two best teams in the AL, and both are likely to get into the playoffs. Once there, the regular season series has a lot less of a bearing on what occurs than you might expect.
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