Since YF offered one inane breakdown, I thought I'd go him one further and look at the player by player matchup in a different way. So herewith is the first ever (as far as I know) Sox vs. Yanks Scrabble Breakdown. No double or triple word scores involved.
- C: Varitek vs. Posada - Varitek takes this 14 to 9, thanks to a V and a K. Though we're pretty sure who will have more Ks by year's end.
- 1B: Youkilis vs. Giambi - The GGoW with the 4 point edge, 15-11. We love those wacky languages!
- 2B: Loretta vs. Cano - The girly man takes the raker, 7-6. Sophomore slump, of course.
- SS: Jeter vs. Gonzalez - Two "z"'s? Are you kidding? A-Groid takes it 27-12. Total domination of the alphabet.
- 3B: The best player on earth returns the favor to the Beantowners, pounding Lowell 20-9. He's not just a pretty face, you know.
- LF: Ramirez vs. Matsui - Another "z"! Manny zzzzzs his way to an 18-8 throttling.
- CF: Crisp vs. Damon - We prefer the newcomer. More bang for the buck. 9-8 in an equal 5 letters.
- RF: Nixon vs. Sheffield - 19-12 to the aging grump, but we think the Yankee rightfielder might have used one of those clear tiles, perhaps unknowingly.
- DH: Ortiz vs. Williams: Please. We could shorten it to "Tiz" just to give Bernie a chance and he'd only barely scrape by. 14-13 Papi.
So there it is - 7-2 Sox, in an easy win, and through an analysis ever more objective (but just as useless) as YF's.
UPDATE: Promoted from the comments, BoSoxBob continues the analysis with the pitchers:
Why stop with the lineups? Let's look at the rotations:
- #1: Johnson over Schilling (16-15): A tough battle of old warriors.
- #2: Beckett over Mussina (15-9): Youth is served.
- #3: Wakefield over Pavano (20-11): The Yankees never could handle the knuckler (excepting AFB, who was never a real Yankee anyway).
- #4: Chacon over Clement (13-11) - Yeah, Clement sucks, but at least he's better than Wells (8).
- #5: Papelbon over Wang (14-8) - YF may argue that this is Arroyo's spot, but he would still beat Wang 9-8.
That's a 3-2 Sox edge in starters. Now, for the pen:
- Closer: Foulke over Rivera (13-9) - Yet another sign that Foulke will return to his former level of dominance.
- Set-Up: Farnsworth over Timlin (19-8) - You have to give Cashman credit for this signing, replacing the weaker Gordon (8).
- Swing Man: Arroyo over Small (9-7): Should we be expecting huge fall-offs from these two guys in 2006?
- LOOGY: Myers over DiNardo (10-9) - Yet another sign that non-tendering Myers was a mistake.
- 7th Inning(1): Sturtze over Seanez (16-15): Now we know why the Yankees keep this guy around.
- 7th Inning(2): Tavarez over Villone (19-10): The Sox answer the Farnsworth signing with one of equal value.
Looks like it's a push here at 3-3. BTW YF, don't expect much help from Dotel (6) this season.