Originally Posted by KevB
That 2003 team had an offense that was probably better than our team this season. Beltran was a beast, and we also had Sweeney, Ibanez, Berroa (good year), Randa, etc. However, that pitching staff was terrible. Our best starter that season was Darrell May. Enough said.
If I recall correctly, we had a lot of things go perfectly to achieve that start. Runelvys, Affeldt and McDougal all started hot. Brent Mayne was raking (complete anomoly). That team was lucky, while this year's team has some legit staying power based on historical performance of the pitchers and assumptions around improvement of the offense.
C: Brent Mayne versus Sal Perez...advantage 2013
1B: Ken Harvey versus Hosmer...advantage 2013
2B: Desi Relaford/Carlos Febles versus Getz/Johnson...push
3B: Joe Randa versus Moose...advantage 2003
SS: Berroa vs Escobar...push
RF: Ibanez vs Frenchy...advantage 2003
CF: Beltran vs Cain...advantage 2003
LF: platoon vs Gordon...advantage 2013
DH: Sweeney vs Butler...push
From a purely offensive standpoint, I give a slight edge to our current team. Defense is much better today.