Brian Cashman

Kim Klement/USA Today Sports

Brian Cashman on Red Sox: 'You wonder what their record would be if they weren't playing us'

John Tomase
August 01, 2018 - 12:33 pm

Brian Cashman wishes another team or two played the Red Sox as well as his Yankees do.

Speaking to reporters in New York after Tuesday's trade deadline, Cashman made it clear he respects the Red Sox, but also likes his team's chances against them.

"You wonder what their record would be if they weren't playing us because I know when we go head to head we've done some damage against them," Cashman said. "I tip my cap to them, a lot of respect that way, but we're doing everything we can to reinforce what we've got and take our shot."

The Yankees enter Wednesday afternoon's game against the Orioles trailing the Red Sox by five games in the American League East. The two rivals open a four-game series in Boston on Thursday.

"Do I like our position where we're at? No, I don't like our position, I want to be where they're sitting right now," Cashman told reporters, including Erik Boland of Newsday. "They're the team we're chasing, they're the team we want to pass. They've imported a lot of high-end talent that's going to make them better and that much more difficult to chase but stay tuned. Let's see where it takes us."

The Yankees are 5-4 vs. the Red Sox this year, and have won four of the last six meetings between the teams. They've been outscored by Boston, 53-49, however.

"We have some highly competitive, talented people in that clubhouse and they've matched so far with them head to head very well," Cashman said.

Related content:

Tomase: Chris Sale is hurt and says it's minor, but we should be worried anyway.

Bogaerts drilled by 99 mph fastball, fears repeat of 2017 injury that wrecked season.