OK, OTM has seemed dead lately, save maybe the discussions about who has the best rotation in the majors. I thought I'd write something that we could all comment on, agree and disagree. So I decided to compare the line-ups and rotations of the reborn Yankees and the Sox. I stole this idea from over here, when Dewey Finn wrote about the Rangers and Athletics prospects, except this will be about the Major-league roster.
Red Sox Yankees Advantage
SP Josh Beckett CC Sabathia Yankees. Rematch of the 2007 AL Cy Young. I'm feeling CC will be able to adjust to the AL again in time to have at least a 15-18 win season.
SP Jon Lester Chien-Ming Wang Red Sox. I have a feeling Lester will have a breakout year, finishing in the top three in Cy Young voting.
SP Daisuke Matsuzaka AJ Burnett Red Sox. AJ is a major injury risk, as we all know, and Daisuke has been improving every year. If he lowers his walks, then he will also finish high in Cy Young voting.
SP Tim Wakefield Joba Chamberlain Yankees. NG: Tim Wakefield is washed up, IMO!
SP Brad Penny Phil Hughes Red Sox. Penny is only 30, remember. And he is two years removed from a 16-4 season.
And now the line-ups....
C George Kottaras Jorge Posada Yankees. As of now.
1B Kevin Youkilis Mark Teixeira Yankees. Barely.
2B Dustin Pedroia Robinson Cano Red Sox. Is this one even close? Didn't think so.
3B Mike Lowell Alex Rodriguez Yankees. A-Rod resides over the injured vet.
SS Jed Lowrie Derek Jeter Yankees. Jed-I is not ready to dethrone Jeter.
OF Jason Bay Johnny Damon Red Sox. New guy wins over traitor. Non-biased.
OF Jacoby Ellsbury Melky Cabrera Red Sox. Jacoby will bounce back.
OF JD Drew Xavier Nady Red Sox. Ehh. Close one here. If JD stays healthy, then he'll get it.
DH David Ortiz Hideki Matsui Red Sox. Ortiz stays healthy, no signs of that wrist injury... it's all good.
So, final score:
Red Sox 8
Call me biased, that is my opinion. Feel free to agree (or disagree, that is more fun) and give examples of what you would change.