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Lackey’s Stiff Forearm: Is EJ Happy?

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So Angels ace John Lackey is revealed to have a strain and inflammation in his right forearm. According to Lackey, the team told him to “shut it down for a week” to see if his forearm can heal and let him begin throwing again. What does this mean? It means he won’t be able to take the mound on opening day for the LA Angels of Anaheim. And I might be happy.

Now hold on a second, why would I be happy?

Well, mainly because I don’t like John Lackey. I might actually dislike him. I certainly don’t hate him, but he is definitely one of my least favorite players. Why don’t I like him? Well, he pitches for the Angels, who always kill us Yanks and always fall to the Red Sox. He’s quite ugly; ever since I watched his heavy breathing in that 07 Clemens-Lackey showdown, I have never liked seeing him. I’ll make it clear as day: Lackey is hooomely.

But would that justify me being happy about him being injured? No, of course not. I don’t want people to get hurt, That’s just low. However, the truth is, I am just a liiiiittle bit happy. I mean, just a little. I know, I know, I’m the bad guy, as Cenk Uygur would say, I am totally wrong and I denounce and reject myself. But there’s a little part of me inside that’s like, “Oooo, Lackey’s injured, ehhh?” You know what I mean? I am so awful.

The only person who I’ll openly and honestly be pretty joyful if he were injured is Josh Beckett. Speaking of the Red Sox hurler(who is very overrated), he will get the Opening Day start for the Red Sox, which will just make him a little bit more overrated. You know that there are gonna be biased Sox fans out there saying “Well look at that! He’s going to start Opening Day for the Red Sox, and they have Matsuzaka and Lester! Beckett is so awesome, almost as much as Pedroia, who is the best hitter ever and is so awesome and makes me **** in my pants!” etc. etc.

Let’s have a little fun now here and do some comparison.

Lester vs. Beckett

Lester: 144 ERA+, 210 innings, 1.274 WHIP

Beckett: 115 ERA+, 174 innings, 1.187 WHIP

Now I know Beckett was more efficient with the K/BB ratio, but Lester was more effective, period. And I’m aware that it was an injury season for Beckett, but Lester was still and maybe is still the better pitcher.

 

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Matsuzaka was slightly worse than Beckett was last year, actually, even though Dice-K was apparently super effective and came in 4th place for the Cy Young. They’re all very close, though.

And now, let’s have even MORE fun, and compare the Yankees rotation with the Red Sox rotation.

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Who Has The Better Rotation?

Due to popular request, I’m going to compare the New York Yankees’ starting rotation with the one of the Boston Red Sox. Let’s have some fun, I guess.

Sabathia vs. Beckett

I would think this part is blatantly obvious, but let’s compare numbers regardless.

ERA+:

Sabathia – 162

Beckett – 115

WHIP

Sabathia – 1.115

Beckett – 1.187

Innings

Sabathia – 253

Beckett – 174

I mean come on now. It’s not even remotely close, other than the WHIP. Sabathia has been the better pitcher since 06, and it has been by a significant amount. Then you factor in that CC is a lefty and Beckett a right-hander… well, not close. Just not close.

Advantage: CC Sabathia

Wang vs. Lester

This is a very interesting comparison because Wang was the better pitcher every year except 08, and in 08 he was injured and missed the entire 2nd half.

ERA+

Lester – 144

Wang – 109

WHIP

Lester – 1.274

Wang – 1.316

Innings

Lester – 210

Wang – 95

It may even be more lopsided than Beckett vs. Sabathia. However, since Wang was significantly better in 06 and 07, the first two years of Jon Lester’s career, I think that the outcome iiiis…

Advantage: tie

Major controversy, no? Give your thoughts on it!

Burnett vs. Matsuzaka

This is another pretty close and tough one.

ERA+

Matsuzaka: 159

Burnett: 105

Ai ai ai…

WHIP

Matsuzaka: 1.324

Burnett: 1.342

Innings pitched

Burnett: 221

Matsuzaka: 167

See, it seems pretty lopsided until you look at the innings pitched. And then, you take into account that Burnett led the league in strikeouts in 2008, and then it’s closer. Matsuzaka still had the advantage in 08, but it’s closer. And then you look at the numbers of the previous year, 07, Dice-K’s first year: Burnett has the slight advantage. However, then there’s the fact that AJ Burnett is a large injury risk. With this in mind, the call for me is:

Advantage: Matsuzaka

Especially since Matsuzaka is in his 3rd year in 2009, and this could be big for him. Hey, I might be wrong. I sure hope I am.

Pettitte vs. Wakefield

Another tough, controversial one.

ERA+

Wakefield – 112

Pettitte – 98

WHIP

Wakefield – 1.182

Pettitte – 1.412

Innings

Pettitte – 204

Wakefield – 181

Wakefield was significantly better, with the most notable statistic being WHIP. Howeeeever, this WAS Pettitte’s worst year, clearly. Since 2008 was the only year in which Wakefield, as a full-time starting pitcher, was more effective than Andy Pettitte…

Advantage: Pettitte

It’s extremely controversial, I know, but I’d rather have Andy than Tim.

Chamberlain vs. Penny

Now this one isn’t close.

ERA+

Chamberlain – 171

Penny – 68

WHIP

Chamberlain – 1.256

Penny – 1.627

Innings

Chamberlain – 100

Penny – 94

Devastatingly significant.

I mean come on, it’s not even close. Chamberlain >>>> Penny. Even though Penny was an all-star in 2007 and 2006, I really doubt he’s going to go back to that form, especially in the AL East, especially since he’s still struggling with injury a bit.

Advantage: Chamberlain

So in total, the score is 2-1-1 in the Yankees’ favor. There you go, go ahead and debate now if you want.

Stay positive, Yankee fans.

-EJ the Kid From New York