The World Series starts in less than 24 hours, with the Colorado Rockies and Jesus Christ taking on the Boston Red Sox, who are on their own. As fate would have it, both of these teams faced off against OUR San Diego Padres this season, which gives us a common denominator to compare these two teams with. Let’s break it down, position-by-position.
Yorvit Torrealba vs. Jason Varitek
Against the Padres this season, Torrealba put up a line of .138/.153/.224 with an OPS of .377. That’s really bad. On the flipside, Varitek put up a line of .500/.625/1.333 with an OPS of 1.958. That’s really good.
Add to the equation that Varitek is a grizzled vet with a C on his uniform and this one is very clear.
Todd Helton vs. Kevin Youkilis
aka “You look like a goat,
Usually, I judge players based on their facial hair. Varitek’s sexy beard, for example, is way better than what Torreabla’s sporting, but I can’t do that in this case. Both Helton and Youkilis are 100% mountain, so I guess I’ll go to the numbers.
Helton: .819 OPS
Youkilis: .500 OPS
Helton it is. I’d imagine it’s not too late for Youk to turn that glorious goatee into a beard, so I’ll get back to you if/when he does.
Kaz Matsui vs. Dustin Pedroia
I want to just give this to Pedroia for his epic march after his home run in game 7 that barely cleared the wall, but that’s not fair.
On the season, Pedroia only managed an OPS of .452 against the Padres. That’s not quite Torrealba territory, but it’s not good. Kaz, on the otherhand, put up a Geoff Blum-like .638. By my count, that’s almost 200 points higher than Dustin being Dustin.
Troy Tulowitzki vs. Julio Lugo
Tulowitzki went to
(Tulo wins anyway because
NOTE: If Ryan Braun were an option, I’d choose him.
Matt Holliday vs. Manny Ramirez
If they were so inclined, a person could put the entire WS on this match up. While Ortiz is probably the best player in the Red Sox lineup, Manny is
Holliday, who should come in second in the MVP voting behind Wright, had an OPS this season against the Padres of 1.016. Not quite Varitek, but not shabby. Manny, on the otherhand, only managed a .733.
Willy Tavares vs. Jacoby Ellsbury
It would seem that Ellsbury is a coward who ducked the Padres this season, so I guess it’s Tavares by default. And those really are the two sweetest words in the English language for him because he only managed a .513 OPS.
Brad Hawpe vs. J.D. Drew
Hawpe: .908 OPS
Drew: .857 OPS
It’s close, but whatever. These guys are boring.
??? vs. David Pedroia
This one’s easy.
So, by my count, after looking at the offense,
Pitcher # 1
Jeff Francis vs. Josh Beckett
Or, Jeff Francis vs. Walter Johnson.
Francis: 6.61 ERA, .921 OOPS
Johnson: 2.25 ERA, .568 OOPS
Oh, Johnson won. How about that.
Pitcher # 2
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Curt Schilling
Did you know that if you type “Ubaldo” into Google, Jimenez’s Baseball-Reference page is the second thing to pop up? If you type in Curt, it’s only third. Pathetic.
Pitcher # 3
Josh Fogg vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka
The Dragon Slayer vs. Dice-K. While Fogg has the better nickname, he had an ERA against the Padres this season of .736 and an OOPS of .995. That’s Julio Lugo bad, especially when you consider that Matsuzaka had an ERA of 1.50 and an OOPS of .575.
Pitcher # 4
Aaron Cook vs. Tim Wakefield
This is like a reverse of the last match up.
Miguel Corpas vs. Jonathan Papelbon
Corpas, this season, had an ERA against the Padres of 1.59 and an OOPS of .610. That’s impressive.
But it’s not impressive enough.
Papelbon: 0 ERA, .286 OOPS