Re: Bill James Projects the 2013 Red Sox
posted at 12/22/2012 5:46 PM EST
In response to Ice-Cream's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
The Sox rotation certainly has the potential to be near top 5, if everything goes right, but seriously, would any of you really rather have our rotation over these?
Rays: Price, Hellickson, Moore, Niemann, Cobb
Yanks: Sabathia, Kuroda, Pettitte, Hughes, Nova/Phelps
Jays: Dickey, Johnson, Buehrle, Romero, Morrow/Happ
(That's just in our own division)
Now, some other selected AL teams:
Tigers: Verlander, Fister, A Sanchez, Scherzer, Porcello/Smyly
A's: Anderson, Milone, Parker, Griffin, Straily/Colon
Angels: Weaver, Wilson, Vargas, Hanson, Blanton
CWS: Sale, Peavy, Floyd, Quintana, Santiago
Royals: Shields, E Santana, Guthrie, W Davis, B Chen
Rangers: Harrison, Darvish, Holland, Ogando, Lewis/Perez
Yes, one could argue we may be better than 1 or 2 on this list, but it is clear to me that, on paper, we might be lucky to be ranked 8th or 9th best in the AL alone. (Maybe 7th)
Based on this list (thank you moonslav59), I like Oakland and Toronto.
Oakland's rookie pitching staff handled pressure very well despite losing McCarthy and Anderson to injuries and being in a tight race with the Angels and Rangers.
There are other AL teams with starters about as good as ours that I didn't list.