The four seasons within a season

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The four seasons within a season

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

If you will excuse the poetic license, the four seasons for Red Sox Nation are the Regular Season, the Home Season, the Yankees Season series, and the Postseason. Friday, the home season and the Yankee season series begin together which is why today well take a look at the greatest rivalry since the Montagues and Capulets. Lets be honest, the Sox will win a few and lose a few against teams like Texas and Cleveland, but these series are the games that everyone talks about, everyone cares about, these are the games that everyone wants to win.

BOSTON VS. NEW YORK
Okay lets go big picture first and look at the all-time numbers between these two franchises. To be historically accurate, it should be noted that in 1901 and 1902, the current Yankees were known as the Baltimore Orioles and from 1903 through 1912 they were the New York Highlanders. From 1901 to 1907, the Red Sox were the Americans.

Team Stats from 1901 to 2010
The Yankees and the Red Sox have played 2,082 regular season games.
The Red Sox have won 942 games.
The Yankees have won 1,126 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .456.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 9,964 to 9,120.
The Red Sox' record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 522-519.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 420-607.

Team Stats from 2001 to 2010
The Yanks and the Red Sox have played 185 regular-season games.
The Red Sox have won 86 games.
The Yankees have won 99 games.
The Sox wonlost percentage is .465.
The Yankees have outscored the Sox 963 to 960.
The Red Sox record at home against the Yanks is a remarkably close 47-46.
The Yankees have had their way with the Sox in New York, 39-53.

The Delicious Stat (so yummy I gain weight thinking about it):
In each of the last three seasons, the record between the two clubs is 9-9.

Batting Stats
These players started more games, by position, than any players in Red Sox history. Here is just how they did against the Yankees throughout their careers.

C Jason Varitek 165 games, .225, 21 homers, and 83 RBI
1B George Boomer Scott 221 games, .291, 27 homers, and 122 RBI
2B Bobby Doerr 269 games, .260, 26 homers, and 149 RBI
3B Wade Boggs 132 games, .319, 2 homers, and 44 RBI
SS Everett Scott stats incomplete
LF Carl Yastrzemski 329 games, .283, 52 homers, and 163 RBI
CF Tris Speaker stats incomplete
RF Dwight Evans 228 games, .251, 32 homers, and 118 RBI
DH David Ortiz 152 games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI

Your 2011 starting nine versus the Yankees:

Jacoby Ellsbury 39 games, .255, 2 homers, and 17 RBI (21 of 26 in steal attempts)
Carl Crawford 138 games (all with Tampa Bay), .301, 5 homers and 66 RBI (47 of 53 in steal attempts)
Dustin Pedroia 60 games, .292, 3 homers, and 25 RBI
Adrian Gonzalez 3 games (all with San Diego), .273 1 homer, 1 RBI
Kevin Youkilis 83 games, .326, 10 homers, 51 RBI
David Ortiz 152 career games, .305, 31 homers, and 115 RBI
J.D. Drew 66 career games, .246, 6 homers, and 23 RBI
Marco Scutaro 78 career games, .240, 5 homers, 33 RBI
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 7 career games, .214, 0 homers, 2 RBI

Career games indicate not just with the Red Sox

THE GREAT DEBATE
Joe DiMaggio vs. Boston
253 games - .334, 46 homers, 222 RBI

Ted Williams vs. New York
327 games - .345, 62 homers, 229 RBI

FROM THE BROADCAST BOOTH
Jerry Remy 87 games, .246 1 homer, 22 RBI
Jim Rice 170 games, .330, 36 homers, 129 RBI

HOW THE CURRENT RED SOX DID AGAINST THE YANKEES LAST SEASON:

G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA Kevin Youkilis 8 34 26 8 12 3 1 2 9 0 0 6 3 .462 Jed Lowrie 8 32 25 8 11 1 0 3 6 0 0 7 4 .440 J.D. Drew 17 70 64 10 20 4 0 3 9 1 0 5 11 .313 Dustin Pedroia 8 39 32 9 8 3 0 1 3 0 0 6 6 .250 Mike Cameron 3 12 10 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .300 David Ortiz 17 69 60 6 18 2 0 2 9 0 0 8 13 .300 Marco Scutaro 15 71 64 5 15 3 0 0 6 0 0 7 6 .234 Jason Varitek 2 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200 Darnell McDonald 8 32 32 3 6 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 9 .188 Jacoby Ellsbury 6 29 25 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 0 3 5 .160 Carl Crawford wTampa 18 78 73 7 23 1 1 1 14 9 0 3 14 .315 Team Total 190 718 633 97 168 35 1 23

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals

QUOTES:

"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.

 

NOTES:

* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).

 

STARS:

1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.

 

First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

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First impressions: Royals' five-run first inning dooms Red Sox in 6-3 loss

First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Steven Wright recovered nicely after the first inning, but the damage was done.

Wright's last five innings featured just three hits allowed -- one in the infield. But the first inning did the Red Sox in -- two walks followed by a three-run homer, then a single and a two-run homer.

Whether this was a matter of rust for Wright -- who last pitched three weeks ago Friday night -- or an early inability to command his knuckleball is uncertain.

The fact is, Wright dug an early hole for his teammates, and he had the misfortune to do so against a team with the best bullpen in baseball.

To his credit, Wright kept the game somewhat within reach thereafter, but the five-run head start proved too much of a jump.

 

It's time to worry a little about Jackie Bradley.

Bradley was just 7-for-40 in the just-completed road trip, and things didn't get any better on the first night of the homestand.

In the first, he came up with two on and two out and struck out swinging to strand both baserunners. In the third, he came to the plate with runners on the corners and, again, struck out swinging.

We're seeing the same kind of slump that Bradley fell into in previous seasons, where even contact is hard to find, with nine strikeouts in the last 16 at-bats.

Problem is, with Andrew Benitendi on the DL, there aren't a lot of options for John Farrell with the Red Sox outfield.

 

Trying to get Fernando Abad and Junichi Tazawa back on track in low- leverage mop-up didn't work.

Tazawa had a perfect seventh, but gave up a monster shot into the center field bleachers to Lorenzo Cain to start the eighth.

Abad entered, and while he did record a couple of strikeouts, also gave up a single, a walk and threw a wild pitches before he could complete the inning.

Getting some work for the two was the right idea, given that the Sox were down by three runs at the time. A good outing might help either regain some confidence and turn the corner.

But not even that could be accomplished Friday night.