Baseball’s greatest rivalry will help kick off the second half of the 2013 campaign this weekend, as the red-hot Boston Red Sox play host to the slumping New York Yankees. Though coming off of two vastly different starts to the season – with significantly different MLB odds as a result – each stands to factor greatly into how the eventual American League playoff picture will unfold.
For fans in Beantown, 2013 has been a refreshing return to grace. After a down year last year, in which they notoriously blew up the supposed contender they hastily threw together the offseason prior (ahem, Adrian Gonzalez experiment 2012), the Red Sox have managed to return to what worked for them in the past.
It certainly doesn’t hurt matters that franchise classics David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia have been playing some of their best baseball either.
Now with the All-Star Game in the rearview mirror and 9/1 odds of winning the World Series, the Red Sox are shaping up to be legitimate title contenders all over again. Can they add a third championship over the span of the past 10 seasons?
In the Bronx, 2013 hasn’t been so kind. Pay special attention to veterans Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as they look to settle in after an injuries cost them the first few months. There’s no guarantee things pan out – they’re not getting any younger, after all – but with 28/1 MLB odds and the reputation they have, few would count them out just yet.