There are some important series this weekend, with the biggest one occurring when the Yankees venture into Fenway Park for a five game series against the Red Sox! The Bronx Bombers are 1.5 games ahead of Boston and Boston is 2.5 games out of the Wild Card. Thereâ€™s a lot riding on every meeting between these two teams. Percentage wise the Yanks have the second-best road record (55.3%) in the American League, while Boston has the second best home record (67.2%). Both teams have been struggling of late, with each going 4 â€“ 6 in their last ten games. The Red Sox and Yankees are 5- 5 against each other this season.
The team in the league with the best winning home percentage, the Minnesota Twins (68.9%), hosts the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series. The White Sox are tied with the Yankees for the second-best road record (55.3%). Chicago is in second place in the AL Central and leads Minnesota in the Wild Card race by 2 games and Boston by 2.5. Detroit still sits atop the AL Central with Chicago 6.5 games out of first place and the Twins 8.5 games behind. In 10 contests against one another, the Twins and White Sox are 5-5.
In the tight fight for the Wild Card in the National League, there are three weekend series where teams are neck-and-neck. The one with the most potential is Arizona at San Diego, with the teams being 1 and 2 games respectively out of the Wild Card. At home, San Diego has won a dismal 44.4% of their games. However, Arizona has a road winning percentage of 48.3%. San Diego has lost 4 in a row and 8 or their last 10 games. Arizona is 5 â€“ 5 over the past 10 contests and 5- 1 versus the Padres.
Houston, 4 games out of the Wild Card, and Milwaukee, 5 games behind in that race, meet in Brewtown. Both teams are 5 â€“ 5 in the last 10, but the Astros have won only 42.7% of their road games. The Brewers have been tough at home, winning 57.6% of their games. Houston is 4 -2 against Milwaukee.
The last Wild Card contest sees Atlanta meeting Florida, with both 5.5 games behind. The series will be played on the Marlinsâ€™ home turf. Atlanta has won 48.3% of their road games, which is actually better than their home mark! The Marlins have won 49% of their home meetings, which is a higher winning percentage than when they are on the road. Atlanta is 7 -6 this season when playing the Marlins.
Finally, the first-place Dodgers travel to San Francisco. The Giants are 4 games out of the Wild Card and 6 behind Los Angeles. Although the Giants are 5 â€“ 5 over the past 10, they have a four-game winning streak. The Dodgers are 8-2 over 10 and 8 â€“ 5 against San Francisco.
The clichÃ©s of pitching, especially relief hurling, and timely hitting will be especially important in these series. In the Yankees-Red Sox meetings look for at least two games to be determined by something out of the ordinary. It seems to be a Fenway tradition.
Technorati Tags: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondback, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants