Two teams went out this offseason and bolstered their lineups. Texas and the NY Mets went out and spared no expense to add power and run support to their teams in hopes of gaining ground on their division rivals, Seattle and Atlanta.
Seattle and Atlanta are two teams that have some of the best and deepest pitching in the game today. Both do have very good lineups, but nowhere near the lineups of Texas and the Mets.
So whats better good pitching or insane hitting. I'm going to have to go with pitching. Good pitching can beat good hitting anyday.
I think it's a combination of both (obviously). The best pitchers in the world need hitting to score the runs for when they cant pitch at their best..... you've got the problem when two pitchers go head to head and throw near hitless games a lineup has to step up and score some runs.
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Out of curiousity, was anyone else wondering what the Rangers were trying to do this offseason?
"Hey, we have bad pitching. Let's solve this problem by getting more offense and a potentially volatile clubhouse!"
Somehow, I think I skipped that page when reading "How To Build a Better Ballclub".
Oh, and to answer the question, some of my earlier posts addressed this question indirectly, but I'm a staunch believer that great pitching and a mediocre offense can beat a powerful lineup with bad pitching any day of the week. Heck, it should be able to beat great offense and mediocre pitching. But, when you say offense, do you mean power or speed? Not to mention the role the defense plays... is the defense good or bad? If you've got bad defense, the argument's pointless - the pitching's toast, and anything the offense does will be given back.
The Rangers were doing exactly what should be expected from them, I mean John Hart IS running them. Look at the Indians of the 90's. Pitching was always their problem, which is ironic because they're going to be carried by their pitching this year. I can't stand Cleveland (because everyone here loves them) but I think they're going to be better than expected.
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It's also possible that Rickey Henderson, if he doesn't latch on with a team in spring training, would also be eligible in 2006. In the opinion of many baseball insiders, Henderson would actually be the "best" candidate that year.