Perfectly Clear

I wrote a post Monday stating that the New York Yankees are the best team in baseball and are poised to finally land their 27th World Series title. I didn’t get into a lot of the details on why I felt this way, because I thought I was pretty much stating the obvious.

After reading some comments that disagreed with the post, I figured the thing to do was to plug all the players, stats, and information into thefoulline.com’s supercomputer and find out for sure which team is the best. So, I’ve ranked the positions of the three teams that are the cream of the crop in the AL East: New York, Boston and Tampa Bay.

If I were a General Manager, these are the guys I would want.

First Base

  1. Mark Teixeira
  2. Kevin Youkilis
  3. Carlos Pena

This position was pretty close. All three guys are Gold Glove-caliber players with some pop in their bats. Teixeira has more power than Youkilis, Youkilis has a better batting average than both guys, and Pena grew up in the next town over from me. Each guy brings a lot to his respective team, but if I were starting a team and could pick a prototypical first baseman, it would be Teixeira.

Second Base

  1. Dustin Pedroia
  2. Ben Zobrist
  3. Robinson Cano

Pedroia is the reigning MVP and has emerged as a team leader for the Red Sox. All-Star, Gold Glove, Rookie of the Year – this guy has already had a great career and he’s only been around for three seasons. Zobrist has emerged this year as the all-purpose All-Star for the Rays who delivers big hits in the clutch. Although he doesn’t have much of a track record, he’s reliable at any position; I’m still waiting for this guy to play catcher. Cano has had an up-and-down last couple of seasons, but this enigmatic Yankee can hit for average with above-average power. What knocks Cano to third is his inconsistent defense and mental lapses on the basepaths.

Shortstop

  1. Derek Jeter
  2. Jason Bartlett
  3. (Distant 3rd) Whichever has-been SS Boston has thrown out there this year

Derek Jeter wears his pants too tight, but the Yankee captain always delivers in tight situations. Just when I thought Jeter was on the decline, he puts up a monster year and is the AL MVP. Speaking of MVPs, Jason Bartlett was the St. Petersburg Devil Rays Most Valuable Player in 2008. He provides the Rays with solid defense and is among the league leaders in batting average, and he’ll be a top 5 shortstop in 2010. As for Boston: Julio Lugo, Jed Lowrie, Alex Gonzalex, Nick Green… enough said.

Third Base

  1. Evan Longoria
  2. Alex Rodriguez
  3. Mike Lowell

As much as I love Mikey Lowell, this is obviously a two-horse race. Longoria is going to be a Hall of Famer and arguably one of the best third baseman of all time. Meanwhile, A-Rod is a steroid-using, Madonna-dating douche bag that can also play some ball. Not to mention, A-Rod is still owed a billion dollars on his contract and is playing with one hip.

Outfield

  1. Bay/Ellsbury/Drew
  2. Crawford/Upton/Gross
  3. Damon/Cabrera/Swisher

Carl Crawford is the best all-around outfielder out of all these players, and Upton is the best defender, but BJ is still living off his amazing ’08 postseason and has done absolutely nothing all year. The fact that Gabe Gross has a Major League job blows my mind. Boston’s triumvirate is superior as a whole; all three Red Sox outfielders are all-around solid players with base stealing ability. J.D. Drew drives me nuts and is overpaid, but he has the tendency to come up big when it counts. I love to watch the Yankee outfielders play. Johnny Damon makes every routine pop-up an adventure, I’m certain that I have a better throwing arm than Nick Swisher, and who the hell names their kid Melky? New York will upgrade this position in the offseason with either Matt Holliday or Jason Bay.

Catcher

  1. Victor Martinez
  2. Jorge Posada
  3. Dioner Navarro

Martinez is a great hitter but a defensive liability behind the plate. Posada can still hit, but he’s getting old and dinged up. Navarro is hitting .221 and has fallen off considerably in 2009. This is the weakest of all the positions. I’ll take V-Mart.

Starting Pitchers

  1. Josh Beckett/Jon Lester/Tim Wakefield
  2. James Shields/Matt Garza/Jeff Niemann
  3. CC Sabathia/A.J. Burnett/Andy Petitte

This was the toughest choice for me. I ranked this one on who I thought I would want to pitch in a five-game series. I’m obviously unsure who would be in each team’s rotation, but I’m guessing that this is pretty close. Boston has the best big game pitcher in baseball in Josh Beckett, the best left-hander in the the AL in Jon Lester, and an oft-injured 50-year-old knuckleballer in Wakefield. I would have felt better if Dice-K had been better this year, but I like this threesome. As for the Rays, Shields has the “big-game” moniker but has taken a step backwards this season. Garza was lights out last year in the playoffs but has become average. Jeff Niemann is a rookie, but he shows the poise of a veteran and has been Tampa’s best pitcher. If Garza takes his psychiatric medication and Shields regains his form, these guys could be tough. New York has the most money committed to their pitchers, but with the exception of Andy Petitte, no one has had post season success. Until CC and A.J. can prove themselves in the playoffs, they’ll bring up the rear.

These three teams are going to beat each other up for a long time. But with the playoffs right around the corner, I think Tampa will be odd man out. It’s close, but here’s how I rank them:

  1. Yankees
  2. Red Sox
  3. Rays

55 Responses to “Perfectly Clear”

  1. spanky the yankee Says:

    SPANKY THE YANKEE HERE..FOULLINE FREAKS.. For once you guys are onthe same page.The yankees have the best team money can buy.Nice pick up BOSTON WAGNER IS OVER THE HILL AN HE IS JUST VISITING BOSTON. YOU GUYS TOOK HIM
    M
    SO GEORGE WOULD NOT PICK HIM UP..THE RAYS WITH NO PAYROLL JUST MAY GET THE WILD CARD..BUT IN THE END ITS THE CARDINALES AND YANKEES…….SORRY LADIES..SPANKY THE YANKEE WAS HERE.. …

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    When Aki comes back in about a week zobrist shifts to RF. So I wonder if crawford/upton/zobrist would make you think twice. And the only other thing i disagreed with was the best left hander in the AL. That goes to the major league leader in wins, CC Sabathia. Everything else was right there.

  3. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Oh everything except the rays being the odd team out of course.

  4. Dave Says:

    Nothing quite says you’re quitting on your chances of reaching the post season like dealing your hottest pitcher in August. Ridiculous.

  5. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    From your mouth to gods ears.

  6. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I hate the fact that there giving up. I hate the fact that there gonna say with a straight face that there not giving up and that this is for the good of the team. I hate the fact that there gonna tell us its not about the money. I hate the fact that my favorite pitcher is now gone.

  7. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Draft order is up dave. You pick 8th, one spot after me…..

  8. Dave Says:

    Thanks Dan… 8th is pretty good. I’m hoping to be “live” tomorrow and not resort to the dreaded autodraft.

  9. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Heres to hoping you are there as well.

  10. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You wanna know something that really pissed me off? Sizemores elbow was hurting before the season even started. And he didnt tell anyone. If he had told someone fantasy owners wouldnt have drafted him in the first round.

  11. Dan The #1 Buccaneers Fan Says:

    You basicly saved the league. If you hadnt taken andre johnson, i would have, and i would have teamed andre johnson with larry fitzgerald, and it would have been over before week one.

  12. Dave Says:

    That’s funny that you mentioned that. I did a draft for another league last night and drafted Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, and Calvin Johnson. I was shocked that all 3 were available.

  13. Dan The #1 Buccaneers Fan Says:

    I bow before your greatness.

  14. Dan The #1 Buccaneers Fan Says:

    Oh by the way, its a really tough break that you drafted the patriots defense and right after they traded richard seymour.

  15. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave

    I figured it out! Dan Harens all star break curse! Apparently before he signed an extension in 2007, the dbacks wanted to check out his right hip because haren complained about it every season. I guess they found nothing wrong, but it still bothered him. So in the first part of the season, when the hip is fresh, he dominates, but when the season wears on, and he starts to hurt, he struggles. It makes sense.

  16. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Jesus what did LTZ do to you? Easy man good lord.

  17. man oldriver Says:

    a view from the porch of the nursing home..WE all agree the friggen yankees peaked to soooon. the are veryCorky and thats going to hurt them .look at jorge the other nite heap shot.. they will fall to Boston in the end ..trust this old man..THE injury bug has not found them yet. an A-RODS is going to blow out HIS HIP.. WE sent the CURSE..The tampa bay want to beeeeees are not getting along in the locker room which star goes???one year wonders??who knows who cares…not us.A 6 pack of depends and four pack of pudding say BOSTON does it in the end ..PEA SOUP at the home to night mmmmmmgood..

  18. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Congratulations to Team Yankeehaters, Love Boat Captians, SarasotaRedRays and Less Than Zero for making the postseason. You all had great teams, and fought through a very tough field this year. LBC lost there first round pick, and YH spent half the season in last place. It was so much fun to play with everyone in the league this year, and I cant wait until next season starts. Good luck to all the playoff teams.

  19. Dave Says:

    Congrats to Ginger and her Love Boat Captains for being the 2009 The Foulline.com Fantasy Baseball Champions! It was very well deserved!
    It was another great season, thanks to everyone for playing! See ya next season.

  20. Boston Braves Says:

    Congradulations Ginger great season and Dave it must feel good knowing you finished second again….

  21. Dave Says:

    With the competition being as stiff as it was this season, I felt fortunate just to make the playoffs. Not that you would know what that feels like Dave Mc. Maybe next season is my year.

  22. Boston Braves Says:

    Maybe you’ll finish second again your good at that and we had a bet and we need to settle it I know badboys and I tried but you 2 were better. Ginger once again congrats and he should be calling you CHAMP all year…. It was fun with the addition of the new players and I’m already looking forward to next year where I wont auto draft…

  23. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    It was alot of fun. Im gonna try extra hard to make the playoffs next year. Im over the rookie wall, I hope I can do better. From what i have seen, gingers baseball smarts are amazing, she always seemed to be one step ahead of everyone else all year long. I dont feel bad at all i went 0-3 against her. Congratulations, you were the best.

  24. BOSTON BADBOYS Says:

    NICE WIN GINGER PARKER……YOU KICKED ASS ALL YEAR. I HAVE CHARTS ,LISTS AND COMPUTER FILES GETTING READY FOR NEXT YEAR.MY POLICY FOR 2010 IS NO TRADES.. I WANT THAT DAM T SHIRT…. OR WHAT EVERY THEY GIVE OUT.. (i think dave likes you..) AGAIN GREAT WIN …. DA BADBOYS FROM BEAN TOWN………….

  25. ALBERT DESALVO Says:

    Hello ALBERT HERE: We at the juction have our own fantasy..I have been in lockdown for a while ,but i see the boston team is in the play offs..very good. I guess the team to beat is the yankees.. what happened to the tampex devil rays? AND THE Rockies we figured we had a better chance of excaping then the rockies winning.. Oh well we are back till the next shake down ,rIot or maybe over the wall… freedom….Have a good day Albert,,D,

  26. Alex Rodriguez Says:

    Anybody notice me the last two games? I am currently rewriting my legacy. Who says I cant be clutch in the postseason? Thats was the second best closer in all of baseball!

  27. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Good luck in our matchup this week dave, should be fun.

  28. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    You smashed me again dave, maybe ill beat you at something one day. Maybe not. Good win this week.

  29. Dave Says:

    Thanks Dan, I may be putting Andre Johnson on the block this week. Best package gets him.

  30. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I have his quarterback, every time they hook up its double the points. Im am VERY intersested in andre johnson. Lets work out a deal.

  31. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    This is when you know your having a bad week. Eddie royal is on my fantasy team, he runs a kickoff back for a touchdown. You have the broncos DST. So my player runs a kickoff back for a touchdown, and you get points. No comment.

  32. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    What the hell? He did it again?? My player has scored two touchdowns, for you??

  33. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    So now its a best of 5, what are the foulliners thinkin? Who wins this series and in how many games?

  34. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    First big deal if the offseason. What does everyone think?

  35. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Looks like the red sox offseason is no longer ‘lacking’ big pickups. Get it? Lacking?

  36. Dave Says:

    Nice Dan… Now if they can deal for Adrian Gonzalez my Xmas wish will come true.

  37. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    One of two things need to happen,

    A) Baseball needs to expand the playoff format.

    B) The red sox and yankees need to stop improving so much, because being the third best team in the AL and missing the playoffs will get old REAL fast.

  38. man oldriver Says:

    hello OLD MAN RIVER HERE..seasons greeting baseball fans..young dan wants to to expand baseball no way BOY..baseball goes almost to thanksgiving and football is the # 1 sport in america.so for get it punk..also for the RAYS toget better they must spend money,,,,BUT no one goes to their games? so no dough bitch..WHen is that FAT ASS fireman in northport going to write some stuff about the winter deals HUH? FANTASY WINNER FOR 2010 WILL BE BOSTONBADBOYS…THE YANKEEHATERS SMELL AND THE COW BELLS ARE FULL OF POOP.. EVERYONE AT THE HOME SAYS MERRY CHRISTMAS having turkey oatmeal for dinner mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmGOOD AND JELLO..

  39. man oldriver Says:

    DAN YOUR LACKING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ALOT

  40. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Funny how we stopped hearing from BBB after he embarrassingly fell out of playoff contention. How strange. And yes, dan missed the playoffs, so he was lacking. Alot. Yet as a rookie i still finished with a better record than you? Again, how strange. Bring it on oldilocks, that fantasy title is coming my way.

    Rays Those Cowbells 2010 Fantasy League Champions.

  41. boston badboys Says:

    well mr cow bell breath i see your medicine is working….your not hearing voices are you? ARE THEY SAYING “your a winner your winner” THEY REALLY ARE SAYING YOUR A WIENER YOUR A WIENER”..ha yes young dan you did kick my ass a couple of times last year but this year no mercy.. i am taking my gloves off my pants offand my hat off an will kick butt.. i can hardly wait it is a lot of fun and we alltalk smack..and have fun……young ..,,,dan i hope you get the pony you asked santa for donot forget toleave cooookie and milk….us old folks like em MERRY CHRISTMAS tiny dan and the HUMBUG FAMILY…hohoho! ps hows middle school going for you?

  42. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Indeed quite fun, I cant wait for fantasy baseball season! Are you planning to continue with your rotating shortstops or are you going to draft a real one?? I love cookies and milk! Santa will get his for sure thanks for your concern. Just wondering did they have middle school when you were growing up?? Anyways!! Its nearly 6:30 as im writing this, so im sure its your bedtime! Have a good evening!! Tell the nurse at the old folks home merry christmas from me!

    Rays Those Cowbells is going all the way!! I learned from my rookie mistakes!!

  43. boston badboys Says:

    hello young dan yes i had a ss ROLLINS i traded him to the yankeehater fireman..never again.. yes we called middle school jr
    high cave school or little out house on the FENWAY..with out plumbing,,we did not have t v till i was in the 8th grade..of course i was 21 years old then,back from the civil war with 5 kids ..A THEGOOD OLD DAYS.5 CENT CANDY BARS .GAS 19 CENTS A GALLON, tickets to the beachers at fenway a buck…SWEET….ooopssupper time having pudding mmmmmmgood the nurses say hello. get new teeth x week ..cow bells WACK IT….MERRY CHRISTMAS MR THIRD PLACE IN FANTASY 2010

  44. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Im sensing the start of a trend here. You have a pretty lousy season, then you spend the offseseason saying how your gonna do great and win it all. But then you have another lousy season and spend the offseason saying how your gonna do great and win it all…. Its a cycle every year. Maybe this is the year you finally break through and make the playoffs!! Or maybe not…… But wont it be fun to find out? Lets go season hurry up and get here!

  45. boston badboys Says:

    THE YANKEEHATERS HAVE PLAYED THE LOVEBOAT CAPTNS 8 TIMES SINCE THE END OF OUR SEASON AND HAS GOTTEN HIS ASS KICKED 8 TIMES BY THE BOAT LADY MS GINGER J SNAP.. SO NEXT YEAR THE CAPTNS ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH,THE BRAVES ARE A TEAM THAT SORT OF COASTED A LITTLE.. OLDMAN MAC A DOODLE IS A SCARY OLD CAT SO WATCH HIM AND THE YANKEHATER IS A CON MAN TALK YOU OUT OF EVERY THING AND YOU FEEL GOOD AFTER HE DOES IT YIPPS,THE COW BREATH WITH BELLS GUY HE HAD A HALF ASS SEASON ONE WEEK GET HIS BUTT KICKED BADLY NEXT WEEK A BAD ASS BUNCH.LOTS OF ENERGY,,BUT WAS LUCKY!!!!! . THE BOSTON BAD BOYS..HAVE BEEN GOING OVER INFO ON EVERY BALLPLAYER AN ARE READY TO JUST BEAT THE , fPANTS OFF EVERY ONE WITH THIER PERFECT PICKS FOR 2010. BBB GOING FOR ACC FANTASY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK .WARMING UP FOR BASEBALL.MERRY CHRISTMAS FANTASY FOULLINE GEEKS ………da daddy :} RAT MASTER

  46. the library kid Says:

    hello what happened to this web site? WHAT do the fans here do now BOWL? play cards ,watch porn… how about soom BASEBALL..BOSTON STUFF. The new third baseman ,pitcher, center field… jason bay a Met.. ouch…..Lester is listed as the top pitcher ib 2010 ,,,is all this good,true bull s—t or what.. Dan the cow bell man heard your staying back agin in the 8th grade.. maybe you will out grow your desk and get promoted….WAKE UP

  47. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Im awake already thanks.

  48. ALBERT DESALVO Says:

    Albert here.. Dan the Man ,old man river and the library kid are the only fans coming to this site .WHATS UP WITH DA FANS?????????? .. A LL MY BITCHES AT CEDAR JUCTION SAY HI.. Albert ps thanks for being alert
    Mr Dannnnnnny

  49. Dave Says:

    I’ll be back guys. I appreciate your patience

  50. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Hey guys, its been a LONG time but I decided while sitting at my desk here at the stadium to check in and see how everything was going. I noticed ONE glarring issue with your lists, and seeing as how I am emersed in Twins EVERYTHING these days, what about the Gold Glove Winning, AL MVP and Batting Champ Joe Mauer at catcher? He wasnt on your list for backstops.

    Joe Mauer is better than the other three combined.

    -Matt “Baseball Season Never Ends For Me” McLaughlin

  51. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Im an idiot. AL East only. Wow…

  52. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Hey matt wow it has been a long time, i was wondering if you were still around.

  53. SPANKY THE YANKEE Says:

    hELLO Matt and dan .Spankee the Yankee of the world champions New York Yankees…Matt are you wearing your clown suit to the games at fort myers this year?… YOU GUYS SHOULD PICK THE ENTIRE YANKEE TEAM IF YOU WANT TO WIN YOUR FOULBALL LEAGUE .. SPANKY THE YANKEE SAYS IT GOING TO BE A LONG SEASON …. girls

  54. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Hey there spanky. Congrats on the yankees WS win. Best team of 2009. Our teams are gonna make sure they dont repeat in 2010. Hurry up season.

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