Can Red Sox avoid the collapse?
With 10 games to play for the Yankees and 9 to play for the Red Sox, will the Red Sox succumb to one of the worst collapses in sports history? On May 31st, they had a 14 1/2 game division lead on the Yankees and now with a little more than a week to go, the lead has been reduced to 1 1/2 games.
I agree with the concept that the wild card tarnishes the rivalry as both teams appear to have qualified for the post-season, although nothing has been secured mathematically, unlike the the famous collapse of 1978 where the Yankees and Red Sox were forced to play the "Bucky Dent" 1 game playoff, winner (Yankees) went to the playoffs and the losers (Red Sox) went home.
The Yankees appear to be the team to beat as the season winds down and the Red Sox appear to have many questions revolving around the health of their starting pitchers.
All those people that said the Yankee losses to Tampa Bay and Baltimore back in the Spring didn't mean as much as September, I disagree. If the Yankees won 1 or 2 of those games that they looked and played lethargically in, the Yankees would probably be in first or at least tied for first.
Let's hope the Yankees keep their winning ways going and the Red Sox make their annual nose dive.