Friday, July 25, 2008

The rivalry resumes

Tonight the Titans clash again and they are set for fire works with the two hardest throwers toeing the rubber for each team. These two pitchers are remarkably similar in many aspects except experience. Each has excellent command of a hard fastball and a devastating second pitch. Josh Beckett has more development in the rest of his secondary pitches but Joba Chamberlain's repertoire is nothing to scuff at.

Though this game has no significant value beyond being one game in the standings during the regular season, it is the marquee match up of the series. So often we are disappointed when a game gets hyped up but this one has the potential to be a memorable one. Hopefully both guys decide to show up and we get to see a game that you wouldn't mind dropping a $100 on seeing. Beckett shouldn't have a problem holding up his end of the bargain since the Yankees decided to throw out a six-man lineup that goes something like this:

YANKEES (56-45)
Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Gardner LF

Joba on the other hand could have more of a challenge considering he might have to face a rejuvenated David Ortiz and a fresh Manny Ramirez. Though, things could go the other way if Manny is still hurt and if Papi forgot that MLB pitching is a lot better than those chumps he toyed with at the AAA level. We'll see the level of competition Joba has when the Sox lineup goes up.

RED SOX (60-43)
Ellsburg LF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Lowrie SS
Varitek C
Crisp CF

Well Joba catches a break with Manny sitting this one out. It also helps him that the Sox aren't going to stop running V-Tek out there. The edge still has to go to Beckett in terms of lineup difficulty, but I think this is still a very close match up and here's hoping it lives up to the hype.


Dan said...

I'm certain there will be no shortage of posts over the weekend. The Mariners don't inspire the same sort of hatred. I feel the bile rising in my throat as game time gets closer.

Peter said...

I hope you choke on that bile when you watch Arod bombard Lansdowne St. all weekend.