Ted Keith wrote a column on CNNSI.com re: the above topic, which you can find here, and he pretty much makes an unholy mess of it. He writes this article like Jackson Pollock paints, hurling random cause after cause against the wall to see if anything sticks. At one point, he pretty much gives up the ghost of any actual analysis or support and starts randomly naming nearly every player on the Red Sox and every facet of the game as being superior for the Boston side without any actual regard for fact or reality:
With a deep starting pitching staff and bullpen, playoff-tested veterans with recent postseason success and a deep bench to boot, the Red Sox have the edge over the Yankees in almost every area. The Sox have developed a core of homegrown players smartly and spent money wisely, but the Yankees have not been able to match them in either category over the past few seasons. In fact, with a top of the order multi-dimensional threat who mans an essential up-the-middle defensive position (Jacoby Ellsbury, Derek Jeter), a dangerous middle of the lineup batter who can hit for power and average (Kevin Youkilis, Bernie Williams), a crafty left-handed starter (Jon Lester, Andy Pettitte) and a hard-throwing closer (Jonathan Papelbon and Mariano Rivera) the Red Sox have built their team by all but swiping the same blueprint the Yankees used to build their championship dynasty of the late 1990s.
Wow!! It’s no wonder the Red Sox have a 20 game lead on the Yanks in the A.L. East, huh? What’s that? They’re one game apart?? If the Red Sox are better than the Yankees in every single aspect, then why are they virtually tied, Mr. Keith? I mean, how ridiculous is the overall message of this statement?
When you break it down into individual parts, it becomes no less ridiculous. Mr. Keith spends much of his column deriding the Yankee starting pitching as being so much worse than the Red Sox. A simple fact check into this reveals that their starting pitchers actually have THE EXACT SAME ERA (4.93)!!!
Looking further, we see that, Oh you did NOT just equate Jacoby Ellsbury to a young Derek Jeter!! Another quick fact check reveals that Mr. Keith’s fanciful ideas have no actual basis in reality. With a .713 OPS in his second full season (.730 last year), Ellsbury is Brett Gardner (.729 OPS), not Derek Jeter, who had an .800 OPS in his second season and has never IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER sported an OBP anywhere near as low as Ellsbury’s .336 last year. You’re comparing a perpetual All Start to a guy who is barely a major league starter.
Dahmer psp Not only that, every single guy he named as the core of the current Red Sox “juggernaut” is reproduced or bettered by the Yankees CURRENT team, not by their dynasty teams. Ellsbury = Brett Gardner; Youkilis < Teixeira (thought they’re very similar), Lester < Sabathia, and Paps < Rivera (or equal to, but they’re both still great). Comparing this Red Sox team’s core to the Yankee dynasty teams is absurd. That team won FOUR championships, this Sox team’s core has won zero. The core of those two Red Sox championships were Schilling, Manny, Ortiz, and Varitek. Those guys are either gone or are a shell of their former selves. Don’t make like this is the same core, because it’s not.
Why are the Yankees 0-7 this season versus the Sox? I’m not sure. Maybe they do have a bit of a psychological edge. Sometimes one team wins a couple close ones and gains confidence while the losing team tightens up. While the Yanks were winning, they were very loose and they don’t seem that way, now. These psychological edges, though, can come and go pretty quickly with a big win or two.
The Red Sox bullpen has certainly been better so far this season, as well, so that could be part of the cause. Bullpens go up and down, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees closed that gap by the end of the season, with guys like Aceves, Robertson, and Melancon maturing into bigger roles.
I’m not freaking out about anything yet. I think all this is fixable. There certainly aren’t multiple, across-the-board discrepancies between the two clubs, like some deluded pundits want us to believe. What do you guys think the problem is? Why can’t the Yankees beat the Red Sox this year and is the problem fixable?
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