the yearly sox/yanks comparison is up on the globe site:
i always enjoy reading this article every year. See how we stack up tlt for tat with the EE.
i will post the matchups here but i want to hear your opinions on it.
Let's keep this civil BTW :)
1B: Napoli vs Tex
i'll give the yanks the edge on this one. Naps will likely give you just as much offensive production as Tex (i would bet on more production but that's just me) but without the GG defense.
2B: Pedroia the destroya vs Robbie Cano
Gotta call this one a draw, gun to my head i'd give it to Cano. Pedroia is better defensively (not by much) and Cano is better offensively (not by much). Very evenly matched.
SS: Drew vs Jeter
I give this one to Jeter, he is going to be the Ray Lewis of the yankees. Not going to give you much this season due to his age and recent injuries but his presence and leadership will make the team better. Both are question marks but no sane person would take drew over jeter....
3B: Will Middlebrooke vs Youk
WMB for sure. Youk has been in decline for a couple years now and can't stay on the field. Is it possible for a comeback?? absolutely. But there's so much to like about the dreadnaught that i can't vote against him.
LF: Gomes vs Gardener
i agree w/ the article on this one. Pretty even. They are the opposite of eachother, BG has no stick but a great glove and JG has no glove and a good stick. If Gomes is used properly (strictly in a platoon role) i think he will be more valuable than gardener.
CF: big numbah two vs Granderson
do i even need to say anything about this? your looking at the numbah one big numbah two fan. While Granderson is a very good ballplayer he strikes out waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much (195) and is a liability in the field. take him out of yankee stadium and he is simply sub-par (.223/.310/.445 on the road in 2012)
RF: Victorino vs Ichiro
Age aside and i would give this matchup a draw. But i can't ignore the age difference. Edge-SV.
C: Salty vs Cervelli
Salty all the way. the Yanks catching situation is a big problem while Salty seems to be coming into his own. See Salty thread
DH: big papi
no need to discuss this one. or even put up an opponent. the article puts it nicely: Big Papi is AMERICAS DH
P: Lester vs CC
Edge goes to captain crunch. Lester is coming off of the worst season of his career and while CC has dealing with injuries all year he was still impressive. No debate here.
P: Dempster vs Kuroda
their 2012 seasons were strikingly simillar. only .06 difference in ERA between the two. both are old, both will give you 200+ innings. i'll give the edge (barely) to Kuroda. his entire 2012 season was spent in the AL while only half of Dempsters season was in the AL.
P: Buch vs Pettite
edge to Buch. Pettite AKA Old MAn Rivers AKA OMAR is just too old. I think he is going to be replaced by Pineda before seasons end.
P: Doobie vs Hughes
slight edge to doobie here (wanted to call it a draw). hughes is pretty inconsistent but has decent upside. Doobie is poised to have a breakout season but has consistency/effeciency issues as well. Homerism FTW :p
P: Lackey vs Nova
edge to Nova simply because i have no idea how Lackey is going to come back from TJS. Nova is unimpressive but Lackey was garbage in 2011. I wouldn't be surprised if Lackey posted an ERA under 4 with 180 IP. It's been awhile since he's pitched with a healthy arm. time will tell.
BP: Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Bailey, Alfredo Aceves, Daniel Bard, Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller vs David Robinson, Boone Logan, Clay Rapada, Joba Chamberlain, David Aardsma, Michael Pineda, David Phelps
Edge to the Bosox obviously. They have one of the best BPs in baseball as it stands now and the season will likely confirm that claim.
Closer: Hanrahan vs the sandman
to quote the article: "Yankees. simply out of respect". If I had to pick one 43 year old coming off an ACL tear to have a big comeback it would be the sandman.
Every year i keep saying the yankees age is going to catch up with them and every year it never seems to be a factor. i'm gonna stick to my MO and say that age and injuries will finally take their toll. I don't think either team will run away with the division (the ALE is going to be extremely close IMO). Overall, the IF is a draw, the sox have the edge in the OF, Yanks have a better top of the rotation while the sox have a better back end (yankees edge in starting 5), Bosox have a better BP by a mile and i love the Sox depth (can't comment on the yankees depth). I give the team edge to the sox (SHOCKER).