BOSTON – The rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox is considered to be one of the greatest in all sports.
But over the past couple of years, it has certainly turned into a one-sided affair. And this weekend, it became part of New York̵
On Saturday night the Yankees punched the Red Sox 8-0 for their twelfth consecutive win over American League East rivals, tying a franchise record. The Yankees – who have now also won 10 consecutive games overall since landing at the .500 level on 8 September – have won 17 of their last 18 games between clubs since 28 July 2019.
The Yankees’ 10-game streak is their longest since June 2012. During this streak, the Bronx Bombers have scored 29 home runs and outlasted 85-25 opponents.
At 31-21, the Yankees set their 28th consecutive winning streak since 1993, the second longest stretch in MLB history behind only their streak of 39 straight seasons from 1926 to 1964. The Yankees’ “magic number” to win a postseason the anchor is now at one.
Playing last place in the Red Sox didn’t hurt things.
“It’s probably a little bit unstable, a little bit abhorrent,” manager Aaron Boone said of the franchise’s record streak against Boston. “Obviously, [the Red Sox] They haven’t been quite the same team this year with some of the guys who lost and some of the guys on their pitching staff who lost to injury.
“And this year I know we played them in some moments where we played very well. We stole a couple of wins from them, like late last night. Last year, we caught them in a good time at the end of the year. , it’s always fun to beat those guys. Of course we respect who they are and all the great games we’ve had to play against them, but … have fun while it lasts. “
The Yankees’ current streak against Boston is their longest since they have won 12 straight games from August 16, 1952 to April 23, 1953. It is only the third time in franchise history that the Yankees have won 12 straight games against Red Sox (also May 27-August 23, 1936).
J.A. Happ, who worked eight innings without goals to earn his second win of the season, said the Yankees were aware of the winning streak and hoped to set another record on Sunday when they play the final game of the season at Fenway Park.
“I know we have a good team and we are playing well,” Happ said. “We are aware of that number [12 straight], excited to go out tomorrow and try to catch the nod [set the record] There. Tonight we realized we could tie him up. “
“We are focused on trying to put ourselves in a good position for the playoffs and win [Sunday] we would set the record – and it would be a really cool thing if we do, ”added outfielder Clint Frazier, who went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs.