The question of who is better between Joba and Phil Hughes is answered right here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/chamberlain-or-hughes-whos-got-better-mechanics/. Well maybe there is no answer and may not be one for many years. But this at least is an attempt to give us an answer.
A clutch win can still happen in Boston. Proven last night. Gagne struck out the side and the Red Sox had a walk off win. You did hear that right. A walk off win!
Why do a lot of people shrug aside the comparison of modern day players to that of legacies. No one can ever replace a legacy, that is understood to most. But it is very likely that a player of today can actually be better. And a lot of us our stubborn in our approach. The legacy of a "legacy" has been sinking in for many years. It is tough to take an objective stance when evaluating a player who can do no wrong in one’s own mind. I can understand some of that. But I like to think that I can eliminate a lot of the bias when I make comparisons.
As for yesterday’s comparison? Jay Buhner is not Roger Maris. But I think it was a little closer than people will feel comfortable with. I think Maris should be sitting right outside the "Hall," staring through the window at his 61-homer display, while Buhner should be looking at Maris from afar. But Maris is a lot closer to Buhner than he is to the truly [great] Hall of Fame career that Frank Robinson had. And Buhner played in Seattle, while Maris played in media friendly New York.
Eric Bedard has greatness written all over him. He gave up three earned in seven innings his first start against the yankees this season. And the second time around he two-hit the best offense in baseball. The Orioles could be scary to [all] teams if they could get some bullpen help and maybe another bat before next season begins.