Yoda wrote:I'd much rather have the Yanks pitching than Sox pitching. Beckett can go down at any time with a sore pinky, Lester is good but inconsistent and the rest of the rotation is a giant question mark. Papelbon has also been much more vulnerable this year.
Beckett can go down at any time? What about Burnett???? Also, talk about inconsistent, what did Burnett do in his last start? Lester and Burnett are pretty much equal in this respect.. and funny thing is, if you look at their stats, it shows. Please tell me all about CC Sabathia's consistent play in October as well. I'll admit, I've been a bit nervous about Papelbon this season, but he seems to get things together in September and October, so I will hope the same thing happens this year. I think both pitching staffs have their weaknesses... but the Red Sox pitching staff is the better one, IMO. That being said, the Yankees offense is still the best in baseball...
Offensively, for the Red Sox, having V-mart means that Ortiz, Youk, and Tek can get one day off per week, and probably Lowell gets two days off per week. Of course V-mart gets a day off per week too. This is going to make it so that these players should be fresh at the end of the season. I think this will help them when both teams are fighting for the division in September, as well as in October, if they should make it there.
Shortstop is a weakness... has been since the Nomar trade, and yet they have found a way to make it work.
But there is a reason why they play the games. We shall see what happens. I think these teams are pretty evenly matched. I wouldn't be surprised if it comes down to the last week this season.