Rivalry regressed? Red Sox, Yankees will make dubious history Tuesday

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston
The Red Sox and Yankees are both reeling right now, setting up a surprisingly underwhelming matchup in the Bronx this week.

Rivalry regressed? Red Sox, Yankees will make dubious history Tuesday

The Red Sox and Yankees are both reeling right now, setting up a surprisingly underwhelming matchup in the Bronx this week.

Rivalry regressed? Red Sox, Yankees will make dubious history Tuesday originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined to win 208 games in 2018. Both entered 2019 as legitimate World Series contenders.

Through nearly three weeks of the MLB season, they've been anything but.

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The Red Sox enter their two-game series against the Yankees with a 6-11 record, tied for last in the American League East with the lowly Baltimore Orioles and ahead of only the Kansas City Royals in the AL.

New York hasn't been much better: The Bronx Bombers are 6-9 and have lost five of their last six games while dealing with a rash of injuries.

Put it all together, and you have one of the worst Red Sox-Yankees series of the last three decades.

So much for that renewed rivalry.

The first Sox-Yankees series of the season still has plenty of juice -- ace Chris Sale gets the start against new Yankee hurler James Paxton on Tuesday -- and the bitter AL East rivals have ample time to turn things around.

But as the above note proves, we're getting to the point where this isn't exactly a small sample size for either team. 

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