Many have claimed that this years team is much improved from last year. It's hard for me to tell either way.
The ones gone from last year are Yankee killers Todd Walker and Nomar. (Kevin Millar seems to be the new Yankee killer) I think between them both, they only made 1 error in the post season last year, so defensively, no improvement there(plus both robbed a few players from hits). As far as 1stB, Mientwetizeketz, I've heard he's great at first, but him and Cabrera have a lifetime batting avg. under .240 (or so).
Acquiring one of the best pitchers and closers in the majors this year, was a humungous improvement(Schilling and Foulke). Now as far as Scott Williamson, will he be on the PS roster? That may even out the comparison to last year's bullpen, depending who replaces him.
Mr. Pedro last year gave up 7 homeruns in 29 games. This year, he's given up 26 homeruns in 32 games!. That's a no no going into the playoffs. His ERA went from 2.22 last year, to 3.78 this year.
Wakefield I think is about the same. Some may argue that he's gotten better, but with a knuckleballer, I just don't know what to expect. Eventhough, when he gets clobbered, he really gets clobbered. With the exception of the Yankees(eventhough last time he gave up 5 runs w/them).
Does anyone know what other players are gone, and ones that are new on this team, going into this playoffs? OR WHAT OTHER COMPARISONS THERE ARE? I really would love to compare a little more to see if those so called "analysts" at ESPN (Phillip, Gammons) are going to eat their words again, as they do year after year with their bad predictions.