As much as people like to disregard post-season stats, the fact of the matter is we can't. They are games pitched againt major league teams. And not only major league teams, but the highest echelon of major league teams. Throw in Beckett's tremendous post-season to his superb second half and I'll take him over Santana. You guys are all forgetting two key factors. One, Beckett is significantly younger than Santana as far as maturity as a pitcher goes (yes two years is a lot in that regard). Two, Beckett is considered by most scouts who know anything to have the same talent level as Prior. Santana is good, DAMN GOOD. He probably will be great. But I think of Prior and Beckett as Clemens and Gooden of our era. Hopefully they don't become crackwhores, but that's another post. These guys have all the talent in the world. I take Beckett by slightly more than a slim margin.
I don't see where 13 months makes that much of a difference. I agree that scouts have said that Beckett has a higher ceiling but scouts have been wrong before. Point is that this will be much clearer after this season, for now it is mostly guesswork.
What enabled Beckett to pitch the best post season game since McDowell is Talent. He has more talent. He has all the advantages including 2 years younger. Finally people are starting to see beckett as the better or the 2. Just hope nobody in my leagues read this thread.
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