Chat with Rob Neyer
Question: If you could have one right-handed pitcher for your team in 2008, who would you choose?For the sake of argument, for the moment we're going to assume your choice is between Jake Peavy and Josh Beckett. Seems reasonable enough, right? In the National League, Peavy was the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award last season. In the American League, Beckett finished a strong second in the Cy Young balloting, behind left-hander C.C. Sabathia, and that was before October, when he won all four of his starts and gave up only four runs in 30 innings. Is there another right-handed starter who deserves a place in this conversation? Yeah, at least a few. But we'll discuss them later. For now let's stick with Peavy and Beckett.