They are hot, so hot they are slicing into prevailing wisdom. They are hot, so hot they left Fenway Park late Friday night in sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since before the All-Star break.
With 110 games behind them, the Yankees and the Red Sox began their 52-game race to October.
Formula, which has worked against most of the American League, hasn’t done much for him against the Boston Red Sox. Still, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’s confident that Garcia’s arsenal will hold up tonight in the deciding game of this three-game set.
“This is a lineup that can hit anyone, that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said Saturday, before the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 to even the series. “ They have an outstanding lineup, and Freddy’s been pretty consistent for us, and those were two of his starts that weren’t as good as his other ones. But I have a lot of confidence in what Freddy can do for us.”
Garcia has enjoyed a career renaissance with the Yankees. Signed to a minor league deal in the days leading up to spring training, Garcia is 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA. But in three appearances against the Red Sox, including two starts, Garcia is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA. He has allowed the Sox to hit .344.