The comeback win on Opening Night was great but after two close losses, including a 3-1 setback last night at Fenway, it's clear (even with the tiny sample size) that the Yankees (2-1) are better than the Red Sox (1-2).
New York is more versatile, able to win by either outscoring teams or getting great starting pitching. Boston will beat up on the bad pitching staffs of MLB, just like last year, but when they face powerful teams like the Yankees, Rays, Angels and Phillies to name a few, they'll struggle.
John Lackey pitched better than both Josh Beckett and Jon Lester but he had nothing to show for it in his Red Sox debut. He went six scoreless innings, giving up just three runs and two walks with three strikeouts. He departed after having thrown an even 100 pitches.
The ageless Andy Pettitte got the job done for New York, also going six innings while allowing a run on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
David Ortiz recorded his first hit of 2010 as he drove in Dustin Pedroia with an RBI single in the third. Big Papi had started 0-for-7 and it's clear that Mike Lowell (who is still on the team by the way) needs to get some playing time as we all pretend that maybe Ortiz will find his stroke. Don't count on it.
New York tied it in the seventh on an RBI single by Nick Swisher which scored Jorge Posada. Chan Ho Park (1-1), the goat on Opening Night, actually pitched well last night going three scoreless innings which allowed manager Joe Girardi to rest his bullpen.
Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon didn't allow runs in the eighth or ninth but no surprise that when Papelbon came out for the tenth, he gave up a bomb to Curtis Granderson. Another run was charged to Papelbon (0-1) when Brett Gardner scored on Mark Teixeira's groundout.
Mariano Rivera is still the best closer in baseball and he got a 1-2-3 tenth for his second save of the season and just like that New York had taken two out of three from the Red Sox.
After a travel day, the Sox face the Kansas City Royals this weekend in a three-game series that will hopefully get Boston's hot and cold lineup going.