- Aug 6, 2010
The 2018 team proved they didn't need an ace. They didn't even try in September and still dominated, plus they buzzsawed through two of the better teams in recent memory to get to the WS, mostly without their 200+ ERA guy and with their HoF closer choking.Beckett also pitched a crap ton more innings than Sale in both the regular season and playoffs.
Given what we see from Sale this year on top of August 1 onward last year - would you take the 2018 over the 2007 team in a best of 7? I wouldn’t. Beckett gave that team the ace that the 2018 team didn’t have. If we are taking a series from April-end of July sure. But the current / second half of 2018 Sale I think skews this toward 2007.
I take the better pitcher, SSS be damned, and Chris Sale is a better pitcher than Josh Beckett was.
I still don't think it's particularly close at all, unless we're doing infield drills.