• Yankees vs. Red Sox 2006

    Posted by on April 24th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    On May 29th of last year, I wrote:

    Actually, I think I can sum up the difference in the Yankees and the Red Sox over the last couple of years in two names: Jason Giambi and David Ortiz. Yankees have the former and the Sox have the latter.

    And, if the last 11 months have shown us anything, it’s told us that this difference no longer exists. In fact, on the whole, the Yankees can hit with the Red Sox, toe-to-toe, and stay with them all day that way.

    If anything, when it comes down to the Yankees and Red Sox now, there are three match-ups to focus on:

    1. Schilling & Beckett vs. Johnson & Mussina
    2. Wakefield & Clement vs. Wang & Chacon
    3. The Sox 5th SP vs. The Yankees 5th SP (whomever it may be in both camps)

    In “Group 1” above it will be all about health. The side who is able to stay sound the best will win that match-up.

    I actually think “Group 2” above is a push. Clement and Chacon should run hot and cold all year. And, Wakefield and Wang both need their signature pitch to be on – to be effective – and they both should be OK most of the time.

    This leads to “Group 3.” Will it be Wells for the Red Sox? Will it be Pavano for the Yankees? Both are injury plagued now. Will it be Lenny DiNardo for Boston and Jaret Wright for New York? That’s ugly all around. How about Jon Lester for the “Saux” and Matt DeSalvo for the “Bombers”? It’s possible – but not yet likely.

    The dark horse here could be someone like Roger Clemens. If he decides to pitch, and outside of Houston, the side that gets him has an edge over the side that does not. Then again, if either team can make a trade for another good SP – like a Dontrelle Willis, Andy Pettitte or Barry Zito – that would also be a huge edge.

    What about the bullpens (you might ask)? Right now, they’re about even too – like the hitting.

    Between Boston and New York, this season, it’s going to come down to starting pitching. And, the answer just might be “The pitcher to be named later” on both sides.

    Comments on Yankees vs. Red Sox 2006

    1. baileywalk
      April 24th, 2006 | 11:24 am

      Nothing special there — EVERYONE gave up on Giambi. And most people hated him (of course now they love him, but that’s how sports goes).

      I think what you write is true about the matchups, but I think the Yankees have a stronger bullpen. Outside of the closer role, and MAYBE Timlin, who do the Sox have? Seanez stinks and so does Tavarez.

    2. brockdc
      April 24th, 2006 | 1:10 pm

      Yanks have an edge in the bullpen; Sox have an edge on defense. Everything else at this moment is a push.

    3. April 24th, 2006 | 1:41 pm

      I think the Yanks may have a slight edge in the lineup, at least 1 thru 6.

      Manny and Ortiz are monsters in the middle, but the Yanks thump with Damon-Jeter-ARod-Sheff-Giambi-Matsui is greater than Crisp-Loretta-Ortiz-Manny-Varitek-Nixon I believe.

    4. Yu Hsing Chen
      April 25th, 2006 | 12:51 am

      The Yanks bullpen is turning out a lot better than the Sox so far, with the only exception of Sturze everyone’s been either good or very very good… if it weren’t for Papelbon the Sox wouldn’t even have a legit bullpen right now.

      Agree mostly on the starters part, though group 1, Schilling was wasted last year and Beckett is not reknown for his health, while the same could be said for both RJ and Moose at least both made it out last season in one peice, and Moose looks so much better than he was last season now. Though it seems to be a recent trend of pitching older (and better!!) so hard to say.

      Chacon and Wang will most likely turn out better than Wakefield and Clement (barring injury of course). Wakefield is always a gamble but Wang was consistent last year, he just havn’t quiet found the groove this year yet.

      On the lineups, if the Yankees would keep Bernie out of the line up more they would be obviously better 1 through 9, they have a 340+ guy hitting 8th or 9th right now for crying out loud.

      Of course, if the Rocket does decide to pitch again in the AL east, whoever he lands with would certainly change the whole equation

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