The Yankees and Red Sox have now played 15 games this season, and last night’s win improved the Bombers to 4-11 in those contests.
The Yankees entered the series hitting .225/.320/.375 against Boston, and .269/.348/.455 on the 2011 season. They leave with a line of approximately .226/.322/.369 against Boston on the year (for some reason Baseball-Reference has yet to update this morning), and a .269/.348/.453 season line.
The Red Sox entered the series hitting .292/.375/.462 as a team against the Yankees in 2011, compared to .279/.349/.458 on the season. They leave hitting .299/.380/.482 (not including last night) versus the Bombers in 2011, and their season line improved to .280/.350/.459.
So the Red Sox outhit the Yankees, but for the most part, the Yankees were able to make their hits count. That the Yankees were able to come into Fenway, having not beaten the Red Sox in a series since May 2010, and take two of three despite starting their two least effective pitchers on the season in two of the games should tell you a lot about the Yankees and baseball, namely that it can’t be predicted, and you’d be foolish to try.
Even more impressive was the work of the Yankee bullpen, which allowed zero runs in the first and third games over 7 2/3 innings. The only Yankee relievers to allow runs in this series were Boone Logan and Luis Ayala.
The Yankees managed to boost Josh Beckett‘s ERA against them in 2011 from 1.00 to 1.85. They even managed to win a game started by Jon Lester for the second straight time. Lester, so good against the Yankees in 2010 (2.13 ERA over 25.1 innings), has an unsightly 4.30 ERA against the Yankees in 23 innings.
I’ll try to come back to this post later with individual player splits if B-Ref decides to update at some point, though without looking I can tell you that Dustin Pedroia is hitting ∞/∞/∞ on the season against the Yanks.
Little Dusty is actually hitting .418/.485/.618 on the season against the Yanks, not too far off from my guess of a ∞/∞/∞ line. He came in hitting .439/.519/.634, so I guess we should be happy that he only reached base 7,999 times in this series instead of 8,000.
Also still killing the Yankees? Marco Scutaro, with a .341/.370/.455 line in 2011. Marco Scutaro, for christ’s sake!
On the Yankees’ side, folk hero Eric Chavez seems to be the new Red Sox killer, as he now has a robust .435/.458/.565 line on the season against Boston, and that’s only 7 games plated. Russell Martin improved his season line vs. Boston to .357/.350/.543 while Robinson Cano was able to boost his line against the Sox from .227/.306/.386 to .268/.339/.464.
Still not hitting against the Sox? Mark Teixeira, who now owns a .130/.250/.185 line across 64 plate appearances against Boston in 2011. If these two teams meet in the playoffs, the Yankees are going to have to get more out of Tex than that.
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