The shift began in mid-August in The Bronx and has continued this weekend in Boston.
The pendulum on this heated rivalry has swung again away from the Pink Sox. Now, after 5 straight losses to the Yankees — together with defeats Friday and Saturday — the groups are tied for the primary AL wild-card spot.
The most recent setback for Boston got here in demoralizing style, with Giancarlo Stanton’s eighth-inning grand slam offering the margin of victory within the Yankees’ 5-3 win at Fenway Park.
“It’s at all times like this. We’ve two good groups and I believe on this division, no person goes to dominate the opposite groups. It occurs,” supervisor Alex Cora mentioned. “It’s two good groups and if you happen to take a look at the margins of the scores early on, they had been shut video games, too.”
It has been a weird season for each groups, stuffed with peaks and valleys. The season sequence between the 2 has been typical of that. Boston received the primary seven video games between the 2 rivals. These days, the Yankees have owned the Pink Sox, outscoring them 25-11 within the final 5 video games. Getting into Sunday’s sequence finale, the Yankees have received six of the previous seven. They’ve an identical data — each groups are 21 video games over .500 at 88-67 — and will very nicely meet within the wild-card recreation every week from Tuesday.
Two Pink Sox, Rafael Devers and Kevin Plawecki, had been additionally hit by fastballs within the last two innings. Plawecki needed to come out within the ninth after getting drilled by an Aroldis Chapman 98-mph heater. X-rays had been destructive on Plawecki’s foot.
“I suppose I dodged a bullet, you possibly can say,” the previous Mets catcher mentioned.
Greater than something, the Pink Sox all of a sudden can’t contact the Yankees’ pitching. They’ve managed simply 12 runs within the five-game skid, and had been held down Saturday by Nestor Cortes Jr. and 4 relievers. Boston’s bullpen, in the meantime, couldn’t do the job, and Cora didn’t push the suitable button within the largest second of the sport.
After back-to-back walks by Tanner Houck to Brett Gardner and Aaron Choose with two outs within the eighth inning, Cora referred to as on southpaw Darwinzon Hernandez to face Anthony Rizzo, though Stanton was on deck. It backfired. Hernandez hit Rizzo with a pitch to load the bases, and Stanton blasted the primary pitch he noticed over the Inexperienced Monster in left area. Hernandez does get right-handed hitters out, as Cora identified. They had been batting simply .184 in opposition to him.
“We had Gardner with two strikes, we didn’t put him away. We had Choose with two strikes, we didn’t put him away, and [Stanton] simply bought to him,” Cora mentioned. “A troublesome one in every of course, however we bought to indicate up tomorrow. We all know the place we’re at and [we have to] be able to play.”