Mel Stottlemyre’s Trendy Game

Posted: 13th February 2010 by Harold Friend in MLB
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As the New York Yankees prepared to face the Boston Red Sox on Jul. 20, 1965, the defending American League Champions found themselves ensconced in sixth place, 12.5 games behind the league-leading Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox were in even worse shape. They were ninth in the 10-team league, 22 games out of first.   Trendy Game

Some games define trends, and this was one of them. Twenty-three-year old Mel Stottlemyre faced the Red Sox' Bill Monbouquette, who was a "Yankees killer." The Yankees won, 6-3, but how they won is the important part.   Offensively Challenged

The Yankees had become an offensively challenged team, but by 1965, the balance between offense and defense was visibly eroding in both major leagues. Pitchers were beginning to dominate, and it wou ...

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