I've seen a lot of Sox fans on this board make statements like, "There's no way Yankee fans can deny that the Sox are a better team than the Yanks after all these deals." etc, etc.
I want to hear what everyone out there thinks. I don't think this is true at all. What do you all think?
Yanks SPs: Sox SPs:
I don't know about you guys, but I would take the bottom three Yankees starters any day over the bottom three Sox starters. Not saying that Lowe, Wakefield, Kim is terrible, but I like Vazquez a bit better than Lowe, I like Contreras over Wakefield (no matter what he did in the playoffs), and I like ANYONE over Kim.
Yanks Offense: Sox offense:
Clear winners for Sox: Nomar, Ramirez (who both happen to be pretty ticked off right now)
Clear winners for Yanks: Posada, Giambi, Soriano, Sheffield
This offseason, the Yanks improved two starting pitcher positions by replacing Pettite and Clemens with Brown and Vazquez. They also dramatically improved right field, their only glaring weakness last year. On top of that, they bolstered a bullpen that had issues but was still way better than the Sox by getting Tom Gordon.
On the other side, the Sox dramatically improved one starting pitcher position and the closer position by getting Schilling and Foulke (and, BTW, I'd still rather have Rivera than Foulke anyday). Other than that, they haven't improved their offense at all. If they get Arod and Magglio, they replace their two best offensive players with two new best offensive players. Sure, an upgrade, but how significant?
Rob Neyer also points out that four players for the Sox last year had their best career years ever. That will not happen again:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/s ... id=1690019
The Yanks offense is better right now, IMO. The Yankees have a better starting five, but the top two for Boston makes the staff's basically equal, and the Yanks have a better bullpen.
Where is the evidence that the Sox are clearly a better team now?