- Last Updated: 6:26 AM, July 6, 2012
- Posted: 1:29 AM, July 6, 2012
Tristan da Cunha is the most remote, yet inhabited, archipelago in the world. Located between South Africa and Argentina, the volcanic island is roughly 1,750 miles from civilization.
The population is 240 — or 240 more than live on a nearby land mass with the self-explanatory name of Inaccessible Island.
No, this was not brought to you by the Tristan da Cunha Travel Bureau, but rather was an offer of sanctuary in case you loathe the hype, history and histrionics of The Rivalry. Because unless you are willing to essentially go to the ends of the earth — by the way, there is no airport on Tristan da Cunha — it is going to be hard to avoid Yankees-Red Sox. Your choices are isolation or inundation.
The Yankees have exactly half a schedule left, 81 games, and 16 are against Boston. That is 19.8 percent of the schedule. The Red Sox have 80 games remaining, which means one out of every five games left is against the Yankees. It is exactly what a team
7¹/² games back, tied for last with three teams ahead of them would want: To play the first-place club as often as possible.
So, starting with the four games this weekend at Fenway, Boston has an opportunity to personally chip into the Yankees’ AL East lead. Of course, it also provides the Yankees a chance to further bury a Red Sox team that — even at this late date — has a chance to explode one way or the other.
Boston still is good enough to win the AL East, especially with Jacoby Ellsbury moving closer to returning to the lineup. But there remains enough pathology within this organization for the Red Sox to further implode, especially because the internal distaste for Bobby Valentine is said to be rampant from the clubhouse to the coaches’ room to the front office.
Valentine could end up Manager of the Year or fired, and neither would be surprising. Boston could be buyers or sellers in the trade bazaar. The Red Sox could use last year’s late-season collapse as inspiration to rally or as the defining point for when this once elite franchise began a relentless crumble.
Are the Yankees catching Boston at the right time? The Red Sox just went 2-5 on a road trip against the AL West’s two worst teams — Seattle and Oakland — and managed just 14 runs. But Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is wary of a lurking giant based on Boston’s Pythagorean record. That is a calculation that suggests what a record should be based on run differential, and it shows the Red Sox should be 46-36 rather than 42-40.
“They have a lot of talent, which the run differential shows,” Cashman said. “Besides there is no burying anyone in April, May, June or even July. Everyone is Lazarus in baseball.”Follow @NYPostsports