Even though it's just June and there's a lot of baseball still to be played, every single game counts in the AL East right now. This is, arguably, the best division in the league currently with only seven games separating the best and worst team. The Red Sox (who are second) will be taking on the Yankees (in first) in a three game series in New York starting today.
The Yankees/Red Sox rivalry will always be the greatest in Major League Baseball because of the history. Who could forget the Curse of the Bambino, when Babe Ruth got sold to the Yankees and started the 86-year drought or the 2004 ALCS when the Sox lost the first the 3 games and became the only team in history to comeback from down 0-3! Recently, the rivalry has seemed to calm down but there are still good games; like last season when a 9th inning rally ended with Hanley Ramirez hitting a walk-off bomb to win the game and start a 12-game winning streak. However, it never seemed as big as it used to be. But with the Sox being young and the Yankees starting to bring youth in, it looks like this history-filled series will heat back up soon.
Also, whoever wins this series will have the edge in the AL East. Both teams will no doubt be in the postseason when the season comes to a close but each win will mean more bragging rights and just another notch adding old heat to this new, young rivalry brewing.
Prediction: The Red Sox will win two of the three games, today and Thursday.