Buster Olney Picks Red Sox Rotation Over Yanks

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

With both teams recent acquistions this past winter, there has been much debate over who has the best rotation, the Yankee or Red Sox. Well, Buster Olney thinks it is the Red Sox. Now, this is an ESPN Insider article, so I'll just show you what he says about each:

"Red Sox: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, No. 6 Tim Wakefield. On paper, a strong group -- if Beckett has a season worthy of a contract drive, if Lackey succeeds in making the transition to the American League East, if Matsuzaka can finally get on the same page as the Red Sox staff and if Buchholz continues to improve.

Yankees: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Javier Vazquez, Phil Hughes. As usual, Burnett is the key for this group; it could be the best if he pitches at an elite level."

To me, that's a lot of "if's" for being the best rotation in the majors. Also, Olney said he was basing it off the best starting 5, not the best two. The Red Sox rotation is more top-heavy than the Yankees, making the Yankees rotation more balanced.

Honestly, it's right before Spring Training, so it's a toss up between the two at this point. But all I'm saying is that it looks like the Yankees have less question marks and "if's" than the Red Sox at this point...


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