ts-post">Posted by: Lloyd at September 16, 2002 03:39 PM

"The league's spread out playoffs once again will again fail to reward teams with pitching depth, ie the Halos."

That's my greatest fear, plus the habit of the batters to go on team wide slump like they did starting the season and in the couple weeks after the all-star game. The four starting pitchers right now are Wash, Appier, Ortiz and Lackey. Ortiz hates the cold, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Lackey take his spot on a cold fall New York night. Some people would probably place him higher as it is.

Posted by: Bob at September 16, 2002 03:59 PM

2 points. You want to play the Skankees in the first round. Better chance to beat them in a short series. Secondly Soriano is the worst defensive middle infielder in the big leagues, not that he doesn't have competition but he's beyond awful. 21 errors at last count, meaning he actually made about 35 and he can't turn two to save his life. Not to mention how many times he forgets to cover a base or throws to first instead of trying for a force. The Skankee infield is weak and it's really hurt their pitching.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at September 17, 2002 05:10 AM

Jack -- Interesting point about the Yankee infield; I should have spotted that. Wonder what the long-term plans are for those guys, since Soriano isn't very good (so far), and all that stat-heads keep saying that Jeter is way overrated defensively, because of his below-average range.

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 17, 2002 12:59 PM

Mickey Mantle and Carl Yazstremski both came up as middle infielders and were quickly converted to the outfield and became HOFers. If it were me I'd stick Soriano in left field and let him play there for the next 20 years and find a second baseman who can play defensively.

Posted by: Jack Tanner at September 18, 2002 04:17 AM
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