At the end of the 2017 MLB season, the Boston Red Sox led the American League East with a record of 93-69. Trailing closely behind were the New York Yankees with a record of 91-71. It appears as if this season is heading for another photo finish in the division.
Through one-third of the 2018 season, the Red Sox are in first place, leading the way with a record of 41-19. The Yankees currently trail by only one game with a 38-18 record.
Much like 2017, these two powerhouses lead the AL East by a hearty amount of wins, leaving the remaining three teams in the dust. As of right now, the competition is between, solely, the Yankees and Red Sox. The Sox are one game up but that could change swiftly if the Yankees aren’t careful in the coming days.
Riding the power bat of Aaron Judge, the emergence of top prospect Gleyber Torres, and the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees have their best chance at avoiding a Wild Card slot this season and reclaiming the throne at the top of the AL East.
Judge slammed his 16th home run of the season on June 1st and he’s boasting a slash line of .288/.414/.585 to date. He’s been sensational of late, and that’s helped the Yankees stay toe-to-toe with the Red Sox.
This season might simply boil down to the record of the matchup. As of right now, both teams are tied with three wins and three losses apiece. They meet next on June 29 for a three-game series that will shift the tides of the standings.
The Yankees have 24 games to play before playing their divisional rivals, giving them a chance to secure some wins ahead of the matchup that could ease the tension.
Watching both teams race to the top will no doubt be exciting, as the Yankees have a chance to exact revenge on the Red Sox for controlling first place and forcing the Yankees into a Wild Card matchup.