The Yankees today decided on Phil Hughes as their fifth starter. So here is how they will line up:
LHP CC Sabathia
RHP A.J. Burnett
LHP Andy Pettitte
RHP Javier Vazquez
RHP Phil Hughes
The Sox will have this rotation:
RHP Josh Beckett
LHP Lon Lester
RHP John Lackey
RHP Clay Buchholz
RHP Tim Wakefield or RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
Which group is better? You can make a good case for either team and obviously we won’t know until the season is over. If Buchholz can be as good as the Red Sox think he will be, Boston could have the advantage. Of course, you can say the same thing about Hughes.
Regardless, Sabathia vs. Beckett, Burnett vs. Lester and Pettitte vs. Lackey is a heck of a way to start the season.