Re: Bosox favorites again in the A.L. East??
posted at 12/30/2011 2:45 PM EST
In Response to Re: Bosox favorites again in the A.L. East??
[QUOTE]Agree the Red Sox have the best in the AL in CF, 1B and 2B. Don't know about best 8, Bautista in OF, Robinson Cano at 2B, Matt Wieters at C, Curtis Granderson at CF, Mark Teixeira at 1B, Evan Longoria at 3B as a minimum compete as being considered in the in top 8. I think if the Red Sox are considered the favorites in the A.L. East it will be because of the way Ben Cherington has rebuilt the pitching staff with Andrew Bailey and Mark Menlancon which in turn will free up Aceves and Bard to join the starting rotation. It is the pitching staff which can be important as the Rays have been proving the last few seasons and the Red Sox may still have the best staff behind the Rays, which, at this point, we don't really know how the Rays may improve the offense.
Posted by rgmfick[/QUOTE]
My comment on putting the best 8 on the field was the 8 positional players as an agregate, not the best at each position. Of course there are better positional players at each position in most instances, but as an entity, I would put the Sox on top.
Of course the Yankees are a close #2...But I do believe in a bounce back year for C Crawford, and taking into account offense and defense, I still prefer both CC and Ellsbury to Granderson. (goes with out saying over Gardner and Swish as well)
I will concede the advantage goes to Jeter over Scutaro, and I will assume a draw between a healthy Youk and aging ARod. Same draw for Pedroia/Cano. I give the nod to Agon over Tex. I also see Salty still improving, and feel Martin will regress to norm (including physical breakdowns). Ortiz over Montero, but closer than most think.
In general, I feel the Sox are the superior team aside form pitching.
I dont think the Rays are even in the conversation (on the field, excluding pitching). I also think the Angels have numerous holes. Rangers probably the 3rd best 8 on the field