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POLL: Should the Yankees Let the Red Sox Get In?

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To the , Thursday night's shellacking at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays meant next to nothing.

The Yankees had clinched the division 24 hours earlier, and are focused now on the postseason and , the World Series.

Yet to fans of the team, and of , it meant a lot.

Tonight, the open a three-game series with the Sawx that likely will determine whether the slumping Boston squad—or pesky Tampa Bay Rays—will begin postseason play or offseason holiday planning.

Connecticut marks the Mason-Dixon line between Yankees territory and Red Sox nation. Recently, the New York Times cited a study which found that the geographical midway point and Fenway Park is about where Rocky Hill, CT lies.

In the end, the fan bases break down roughly along the Connecticut River.

"Fairfield County, the southwestern spout of Connecticut, which spills toward New York City, belongs to the Yankees, 55 percent to 14 percent," the Times reports. "But five of Connecticut’s eight counties, the poll found, are part of Red Sox Nation. That includes Hartford County, which favors the Red Sox by 52 percent to 30 percent. That jibes with television ratings, which show that the Red Sox usually get a larger audience in the area."

Headed into tonight, the standings look like this:

Team Record Games Back New York Yankees* 95-61 - Boston Red Sox 88-68 7 Tampa Bay Rays 86-70 9 *clinched division

 

The Rays will host the Blue Jays for a 3-game set starting tonight and then finish the season with a series against—you guessed it—the New York Yankees.

Conceivably, the Yankees could play the Sox "hard" and then go easy on the Rays, giving the Florida team a better chance to the make the postseason and spoiling the Red Sox' hopes.

We're asking you: What should they do?

Matt LoGuercio September 23, 2011 at 10:54 AM
There is nothing more exciting in sports than a Yankees/Red Sox series. However, keeping them out of the playoffs is great water cooler fodder.
Mark Corcoran September 23, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Is the question: Should the Yankees cheat?
Caitlin Mazzola September 23, 2011 at 02:39 PM
I think the Sox can and will manage to regroup and win of their own accord.
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 23, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Caitlin, what are you doing west of the Connecticut River, anyway?
Caitlin Mazzola September 23, 2011 at 03:07 PM
I went to school on Boston for the first 3 semesters of college..and UConn was pretty close to Boston...no turning back now!
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 23, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Fair enough. Marc, to answer your question, what we're trying to find out from people is really something like "Should the Yankees try vs. the Sox & maybe play the part of the spoiler? Or should they just prep for their own postseason, field a B-squad and nevermind the Wild Card race?" The question was put more provocatively—I'm to blame for that. But I'm a Yankees fan, so I like to provoke.
Joe September 23, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Considering the season series between the two clubs currently stands at Boston: 11 New York: 4, The Red Sox have had no trouble beating The Yankees consistently this year, and need no help or hindrance in getting to the post season by means of thrown Yankee games. If the Yankees don't want to see Boston in the playoffs and try to prevent them getting there that is nothing but cowardice.
Heather Dean September 23, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Well said, Joe.
Brian Bisch September 24, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Boston has sealed there own fate with there play over the past month, the playoffs are for baseballs best, Boston is NOT one of those teams, so as long as there 11-4 record against the Yankees helps them sleep at night, then the choke of 2011 should be no trouble for them either. Welcome to Chicago Theo, so long Terry Francona, who I personally would welcome as a Yankee coaxh next year. Its nice to see the March World Champs not even make the playoffs...The Yanks will have trouble in the playoffs, our pitching has not been great, BUT compared to the SAWX, its been great. So lets let the Yanks put Boston out of there misery, and send them HOME
Joe September 24, 2011 at 05:49 AM
They have every right to be in the playoffs and considered among baseball's best if they have the best record in the Wild Card standings when all is said and done next week. It's how well you played the entire season, not just September, and for 5 months, the Red Sox outplayed the Yankees. So they stumbled in September and will take the wild card. That's fine. The Red Sox have a better record against Detroit than Texas anyway and have won the WS via the wild card before. They are not finished. The lead is now up to 2.5 games thanks to the Rays losing tonight. Yankee fans can remember what happened a few years ago when they counted Boston out too early...The greatest choke in the history of professional sports.
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 24, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Water finds its own level. The Red Sox likely will finish 2nd, maybe 3rd. What we know for sure is this: In about one week, the Yankees continue their pursuit of a third consecutive Team Of The Decade title.
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 28, 2011 at 04:01 AM
Yankees look to complete the sweep on Wednesday ...
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) September 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Hear, hear!!
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) September 28, 2011 at 04:44 PM
With the hindsight we have now, I still hope your view will come true, Joe. And this September choke does not discount the fact that, for those five months you mentioned, the Red Sox had ( and still do, according to ESPN) the best averages in runs, OBP, and slugging, and 2nd best batting average in the league. The Yanks - who clearly are a great team, but so are the Sox - come 2nd in runs and OBP, 3rd in slugging, and 7th in batting average. It's the Sox pitching that really faltered. Yankees don't have the best consistent pitching, either. We faced injuries and brought in the wrong guys; it happens. It's horrible for Red Sox Nation to stomach, but we'll see what happens tonight. And I hope it's good news.

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