What’s interesting about this Yanks squad is that, while Tex and Rod are that good, they haven’t performed like the best 3-4 this season (that title would go to Mauer and Morneau by a long shot). So, if they get hot, that’s why they might have a shot at 1000. Even if they don’t, a lineup this deep will be a nightmare to face in the playoffs.
As Joe wrote the other day, the Angels lineup is almost as good–and is only a few runs behind the Yanks despite missing Hunter for over a month. If there is a chance for any other team, including my Red Sox, its that I think (despite the media infatuation) that Sabathia and Burnett are very beatable pitchers. The Angels, too, have holes in their starting rotation.
This is why I thought the Sox could challenge for the AL Crown this year if they made the aggressive move to acquire Halladay. Now, I don’t think anyone [fan] will ever know exactly what the deal entailed. But I will go on record, irrational as it may be, that I will evaluate Buchholz, Bowden, Bard, and Anderson’s careers against two seasons of Roy Halladay. And the World Series Championship such an acquisition would have ensured (like I said, this is my irrational dream world. I am sharing it with you. If you don’t like it, leave).
If one of those players makes it to more than two all-star games, then I will say loudly and humbly “Theo was right.” If they do not, then 2009 will forever be the-year-that-