The Red Sox have a chance to take back frirst place in the AL East this week. All they have to do is win 2 out of 3 games against the Yankees or better.
The Yankees took 1st place back from the Red Sox last week after a 4 game losing streak ended their hot streak. This week is a chance to prove that they are worthy again of first place. The Sox have already taken 5 out of 6 games against the Yankees this year. Taking another 2 or 3 would really offset the season series vs the pinstripes.
This series was well timed by the schedule makers. There is a good distance between 2nd and 3rd/4th… the Blue Jays and Rays are tied for 3rd but are both 4 games out of first and 3 games out of second.
The Sox were lucky to come away with a sweep of the Athletics… especially after a 9th inning collapse which resulted in 14 innings on Saturday.