When the Yankees won 4 out of 5 World Series Championships, there was something of an aura around them that they could do no wrong. Many felt as if they were the organization that always made the right moves and, no matter what they did, each transaction was hailed as another savvy deal and one more reason why they are the best organization in baseball. Looking back, they certainly made a lot of good moves, but once that core of winning players was gone, so were the rings.
The Red Sox are now the team that most pundits gush at their every twitch. Each step by Theo Epstein is greeted by many commentators as if he were the Jonas Brothers and they were 12-year-old girls. These two posts here, and here hail the Red Sox’ promotion of Daniel Bard as just one more notch in good, old Theo’s Hall of Fame belt. The Red Sox don’t need to bring up Bard the way the Yanks need to bring up Hughes, Don Amore of the Hartford Courant writes. They’ve done things the right way with their rotation.
The Yankees rotation has certainly struggled this season. With an expectedly slow start from Sabathia and Wang awful return from injury, the Yanks rotation currently sits at second to last in ERA for starting pitchers in the A.L. Do you know who’s last? That’s right, those same Boston Red Sox, who can do no wrong.
You know, the Red Sox 2004 core of Manny, Ortiz, Damon, Schilling, Varitek, Lowe, Nixon, Foulke, Millar, and Pedro are all either gone or have ceased being plus players. This is a completely different team, now, with a completely different core. Do I like some of the young guys the Sox have developed, sure. Do I think they make some pretty good moves, yes. But let’s face it. The Red Sox won two Championships mainly because Schilling pitched out of his mind while Manny and Papi were the best clutch middle of the order tandem in recent memory.
I think the Sox will probably get their starting pitching under control, but so will the Yankees. Let’s not go around thinking that the Red Sox’ awful starting pitching is somehow fine while the Yankees are just collapsing before our eyes. In fact, looking at recent track records, I feel a lot more confident about the Yanks rotation than I do Boston’s.
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