In 1967 the Boston Red Sox lived the ‘Impossible Dream’, going from last to first in one season. 40 years later, the Sox made a Possible Dream come true; fielding a solid team and winning the World Series. With many New England sports teams looking good this season, can they all make their "Possible Dreams" come true?


Friday, August 31, 2007

Jim Lonborg vs. Josh Beckett: Part One

Herein lies the first time I've had an existential crisis comparing two players on the '67 and '07 teams.

In their histories, both are one-time all stars who have led unlikely teams to the World Series. Unlike Lonborg, Beckett sealed the deal on game 7 for his team. Lonborg generally threw a few more innings on average than Beckett each season, tossing 273.3 in '67 (versus Beckett's projected 190-ish in '07).

The impact that '67 Jim Lonborg had on his team was tremendous. He started a staggering 39 games, winning 22 and losing only 9. His aforementioned 273.3 innings (with a 3.16 era) meant much less work for the bullpen. Obviously, Lonborg won the Cy Young.

'07 Beckett might be on pace to throw half as many innings as Lonborg, but he has shown vast improvement over last year. He's fixed his mechanics and learned to deal with blisters- I mean avulsions. His era came down from a 5.01 to a 3.29 in his second season adjusting to the American League. Like '67 Lonborg, he's leading the AL in wins.

Look for the exciting conclusion tomorrow, when we throw down some league adjusted stats and see what Beckett and Lonborg might have been like on the same team.

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