Re: Jackson "Out of Picture" for RS?
posted at 2/2/2012 12:15 PM EST
In Response to Re: Jackson "Out of Picture" for RS?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Jackson "Out of Picture" for RS? : Jackson proved he could compete against Boston and NY while in TB. He proved he's capable of winning a lot of games in DET. He continued to do pretty well in AZ. Lackey always pitched better at home, was always HORRIBLE in Fenway, and pretty bad against the AL East in general. And given that Jackson was having that success in his early to mid 20s...yes, I've ALWAYS like Jackson better. Lackey 'consistently' put up very pedestrian numbers for a good LAA team against weaker competition, and they (Sox) paid him ace money. And as far as 'complaining' about the luxury tax, ok, fine, so you nitpicked one word correctly. They don't 'complain' about it, they will just say they WON'T pay into it, even if it means puting a lesser team on the field because of numerous past horrible contracts THEY chose to give. That's my issue. They squeeze every last penny out of every inch of Fenway, deal with Ace Ticket for more profit, sell overpriced coffee table books, and generally gouge fans at every turn, then say, "well, we're not going to pay that tax." Laughable. They created this mess, if puting the best team they reasonable can on the field means paying a tax because of their mistakes, well pay the tax. If you really are ok with how they are doing it, you certainly better not be complaining about 88 win seasons. The Sox have sold their soul for a few dollars and maybe a trophy. For me, it hasn't been worth it.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
You write "I've ALWAYS like Jackson better" here - which is fine, I won't dispute that, but you wrote "and FOREVER I have thought Jackson a better pitcher than Lackey" in your original post and I think there is no evidence for that, nor in all likelihood did any of his 6 previous teams.
You're entitled to like Jackson, and to dislike Lackey, but it seems you are letting your personal likes and dislikes colour your judgement.
You mention Jackson's good year in Detroit. He was 13-9, 3.62, ERA+ 126, WHIP 1.262 in what was by far his best season. Lackey's career 162-game average including his last two, injury-riddled seasons: 16-11, 4.10, 108, 1.345.
Or we could use Lackey's best season to compare: 19-9, 3.01, 150, 1.21.
Of course comparing each of their best seasons tells us little; comparing their entire careers tells us that Lackey has been by far the superior pitcher. It's insulting to Lackey to even compare them, to be fair.