February 12, 2007


It's Truck Day

Red Sox's rotation filled with several potential aces (Tim Kurkjian, 2/12/07, ESPN The Magazine)

What team has the best rotation in baseball? That used to be an easy question. For the better part of 10 years, the Braves were the simple answer, but it's not an easy question now. There are six or seven good rotations, but no dominant ones, as was proven last season, only the second year in baseball history that no team's starting rotation had an ERA less than 4.00.

The team we've chosen has as many questions -- six -- as it has starting pitchers: a rookie from Japan, a guy with a 5.01 ERA last year, a 40-year-old who only recently decided that 2007 won't be his last season, a closer turned starter, a lefty with cancer in remission and a 40-year-old knuckleballer. But, if everything falls right, the Red Sox could have the best rotation in baseball with Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield. And there's a chance that Roger Clemens could pitch for the Red Sox this summer.

"The Red Sox's rotation has everything you want to see,'' said Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. "The question is whether they can stay healthy, which is the same question every team has. But I can't fault that [choice]. The Red Sox's rotation is very good.''

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2007 1:55 PM

Question mark, journeyman, over-the-hill, question mark, journeyman. If this is the best, the standards are real low. Of course, they do quote J.P. (know-nothing) Riccardi, so that cinches it.

Posted by: Fugate at February 12, 2007 3:31 PM

When there are 30 teams, the "oh, pity us, our team hasn't won recently" shtick won't work for them again until around 2040, and Sawx fans know it. So, being forced to leave that form of obnoxious fan behavior to Chicago's Northside, instead they feel a need to take on the most annoying traits of the DamnYankees fans. But deep down, they miss it, so they have to build their hopes impossibly high so they can comfort themselves when the inevitable failure does occur.

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 12, 2007 3:45 PM

Other than Beckett, I see old age or inexperience.

Posted by: Tom at February 12, 2007 4:35 PM

Tom -- and we saw how Beckett faired in the AL East last season.

(oj blaming the Boston catchers in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 12, 2007 4:48 PM


Which is why you'd have to think Petitte is likely to have an ERA over 6.

Posted by: oj at February 12, 2007 9:38 PM

oj, 92 wins. Will the Red Sox go over or under that in 07?

Posted by: andrew at February 12, 2007 11:33 PM

Joel Pineiro

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 12, 2007 11:41 PM



Posted by: oj at February 13, 2007 8:07 AM