Season preview Day 5: Red Sox-Yankees

April, 2, 2010
4/02/10
10:37
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Day 5 of our season preview is all about Red Sox-Yankees, with a look at how the teams stack up against each other from the perspective of ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes and Wallace Matthews from the brand spankin’ new ESPNNewYork.com.

The two beat reporters answer the following questions as we wait anxiously for Sunday’s Opening Night Red Sox-Yankees clash at Fenway:

-- Which team improved more in the offseason, and which new addition will make the biggest impact?

-- Which team's starting rotation is better and why? And rank your top five starters, in order, from the combined Red Sox and Yankees rotations.

-- Which team will score more runs?

-- Which team has the better bullpen?

-- What's the biggest strength and weakness with each team?

-- Where do you see each team finishing, in terms of number of wins and whether it makes the playoffs? Who's more likely to win the World Series?

-- Which team do you think gets the better of the season-opening series at Fenway?

Also part of today’s Red Sox-Yankees smorgasbord is Jim Caple’s fun look at the history of the rivalry and Howard Bryant’s examination of the state of the teams.

Here’s a recap at our Red Sox season preview features from Edes, Joe McDonald and ESPN.com’s baseball reporters for the rest of the week:

* Monday:
-- Jeremy Lundblad: For Red Sox, a run saved is a run earned
-- Stark: What truly makes a winner win
-- Rank 'em: Where would rank the Red Sox among all teams in baseball?

* Tuesday:
-- Joe McDonald: Red Sox success rides on Big Papi
-- AL East capsules: Yankees | Red Sox | Orioles | Rays | Blue Jays
-- Vote: Which team is tops in AL East?
-- Olney video: Options if Ortiz struggles
-- Video: AL East storylines
-- How Red Sox won 122 games in a sim season Insider
-- Sim season: AL East preview Insider
-- Video: Baseball Tonight's AL East picks
-- Video: Schilling on Sox pitching, AL East

* Wednesday:
-- Gordon Edes: Why Adrian Gonzalez is Boston's Most Wanted
-- Four reasons for offensive optimism for Sox
-- Joe McDonald's player-by-player Red Sox scouting report

* Thursday:
-- Gordon Edes: Get ready for an AL East arms race
-- Rank 'Em: Red Sox vs. Yankees rotation
-- Predictions: 10 burning questions with Edes and McDonald
-- Bill Simmons podcast: Red Sox-Yankees talk

* Friday:
-- Red Sox-Yankees: Who has the upper hand?
-- Jim Caple: Red Sox-Yankees rivalry timeline
-- Howard Bryant: Red Sox-Yankee rivalry renewed
-- BP's projected standings: Sox win East Insider
-- Video: Olney and Boone on Sox-Yankees rivalry
-- Jayson Stark: Red Sox lose in World Series
-- Expert picks for divisions, World Series
-- BP's projected standings: Sox win East Insider

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