The four seasons within a season


The four seasons within a season

By Bill Chuck
Special to

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.

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

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

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

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


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

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

NEW YORK -- The division title was there for the taking Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. When you've won 11 straight and steamrolled every other team in the division, what's one more?

One too many, apparently.

The Red Sox' 6-4 defeat to the New York Yankees postponed the Champagne party for at least one night. In and of itself, that's not a huge concern. The Sox' magic number remains one with five games to play and the club's epic hot streak had to come to an end eventually.

A better night by either David -- Ortiz or Price -- might have resulted in corks popping and on-field celebrations.

Ortiz was 0-for-5 and stranded a total of seven baserunners. When he came to the plate in the top of the ninth against Tyler Clippard with two outs and two on, it almost seemed scripted.

Here was Ortiz in his final Yankee Stadium series, about to inflict one final bit of misery on the rival Yankees with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Talk about drama. Talk about one more famous, final scene.

Alas, Ortiz took some feeble swings and swung through strike three for the final out. Not even Ortiz, for all his clutch performances, can conjure a game-winner on-demand every time.

A far bigger concern was the work of Price. Perhaps the best thing than can be said of him for now is that he almost certainly will not have to face the Yankees again this season, against whom he's compiled a gaudy 7.89 ERA this season.

More troubling, though, is that Price is not exactly hitting his stride as the postseason appears on the near horizon. In his last three starts combined, Price has pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed 27 hits and 14 runs.

That isn't the line of someone at peak form at the right time. To the contrary, after a run of outings in which it again appeared Price had figured everything out, he's regressed in his last three.

Most troubling Tuesday was a repeated inability to turn back the Yankees after his team had pulled close on the scoreboard.

Price spotted the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and the Sox finally scored twice in the top of the 6th to close within one at 3-2. But Price quickly gave anther run back in the bottom of the inning.

Then the Sox scored two more times in the seventh to tie things at 4-4. . . but Price gave the two runs right back in the bottom of the inning.

"Very frustrating,'' sighed Price. "It's something I talk about all the time. It's a very big deal. And it's something I feel like I've struggled with this entire year. Whenever you're going good, it's something you're doing very well. And whenever you're going get a lead, give it right back. . . that's tough.''

It also doesn't portend well for the postseason, where Price, as you may have heard, has a spotty track record.

With some strong starts in the final few weeks, he could have reached the playoffs with both momentum and confidence.

Instead, he's got one more start -- Sunday -- to straighten things out.

Ortiz? His postseason bona fides are set.

Price, meanwhile, has no such reservoir of success upon which to draw. And starts like Tuesday's only reinforce the doubts.


Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees:



"I went 0-for-5 today, so I ain't got (anything) to talk about.'' - David Ortiz after turning around and seeing a small army of reporters waiting for him in front of his locker.

"To have a chance to clinch the division for us here (and come up sort), it's not acceptable. If my offense scores me four runs, I feel like I should be able to go out there and win.'' - David Price.

"The bottom line story to this one was (Price) mislocating within the strike zone.'' - John Farrell.



* Boston's season-best 11-game win streak was snapped with the loss.

* David Price took his first loss since Aug. 7.

* Price is 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA against the Yankees this season.

* Aaron Hill contributed his first pinch-hit homer in his career.

* Mookie Betts saw his streak of reaching base in 38 straight road games stopped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his third straight multi-hit game.

* For the 20th time this season, Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a three-hit game.

* In his last 12 games, Andrew Benintendi has eight extra-base hits.

* Hill's pinch-hit homer was the third by the Red Sox this month.



1) Tyler Austin

The rookie first baseman snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a two-run homer and also added two more hits in three at-bats.

2) Gary Sanchez

The first-year catcher continues to amaze, hitting his 20th homer in only his 51st game, sending the Yanks out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.

3) Luis Cessa

Cessa took a big step forward from his last start against the Red Sox by keeping them scoreless through the first five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth.