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TALE OF THE TAPE

Which Team Is Having A Worse Season: Red Sox Or Yankees?

The Red Sox are the defending World Series champions, yet they’re sitting comfortably in fourth place in the division. Meanwhile, the Yankees have MLB’s highest payroll yet are still hovering around .500. With the two teams squaring off in the Bronx this weekend, it begs the question: Which team is having a worse season?

Red Sox
Yankees
Minnesota Twins v Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees
Win-Loss Record Entering Series
Winner 36-43
40-37
Living Up To Expectations
The Red Sox won the World Series last year, so on the one hand, they should be a lot better than this. On the other hand, fans and media can't get too upset at the team, considering they won it all just a few months ago.
Winner Expectations are always sky-high in New York, and .500 never cuts it in the Bronx.
Potential Wasted Opportunity
The Red Sox face unknown futures with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Koji Uehara on the pitching staff. David Ortiz also doesn't have too many years left.
Winner Derek Jeter just turned 40, and this is his last season. Not making the playoffs would be a terrible way to send off one of the game's biggest legends.
Scapegoat
A.J. Pierzynski is the new guy, and he's not exactly known as the friendliest fella. He's learned rather quickly what it's like to be the object of fan and media scorn.
Winner The Yankees' new catcher, Brian McCann, is being paid $17 million to his .223 with an awful .644 OPS. New outfielder Carlos Beltran is being paid $15 million to hit .218 with a .681 OPS. That's not what the Yanks had in mind when they opened up the checkbook this winter.
Possible Repercussions
Winner If the Red Sox really go south, Fenway will be empty in September, John Farrell might get fired and the Sox might have to do something crazy like hire Bobby Valentine.
If the Yankees don't make the playoffs, they'll probably just spend some more money in the offseason and improve.
Most Embarrassing Moment
Starting a fight with the last-place Tampa Bay Rays in the midst of losing 10 consecutive games.
Winner Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuit against the Yankees, but the fact that he filed one in the first place has to represent a low point for the franchise. Honorable mention: losing two games to the Mets at the Stadium.

The Winner Is

Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees
Winner Yankees
4 out of 6

The Red Sox may enter the weekend with the worse record, but the fact that the Yanks are floundering in Derek Jeter's final season makes it a much worse calendar year for the Yankees.

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