Does anybody else find Harper's article flawed? I know the Daily News is notorious for bashing the Yankees, but Harper's article reads like something he rushed to beat the deadline for. He picks the Red Sox to win the division next season. However, he says the Red Sox infield at the moment of Kevin Youkilis at first base, Mark Loretta at 2nd base, Alex Cora at SS, and Mike Lowell at 3rd base looks like one you'd expect to see playing for the Kansas City Royals. He also includes the Red Sox uncertainty over re-signing Damon and what they plan to do with Manny. He gives the Red Sox the edge in pitching but than says that Schilling is an uncertainty to return to his 2004 form due to his ankle injury and Beckett has a history of injury problems---yet he says they are more certain than the Yankees top two (Mike Mussina and Randy Johnson who both are older but don't really have a history of injury). In fact, of all four pitchers (the oldest), Randy Johnson is more likely to make all of his starts than any of the others! I can accept the argument that the Yankees may have more age on their starting rotation---but Harper doesn't point this out! He only says the Red Sox are hoping "they [Beckett and Schilling] form a 1-2 punch comparable to what Schilling and Pedro Martinez gave them two years ago." That's a lot to count on for a guy who has suffered permanent damage to his ankle and did not look anywhere near the pitcher he was in 2004. It is also a lot to count on for Beckett who has yet to fulfill his potential as an ace (as Dontrelle Willis was clearly the ace of the Marlins staff last season) and has a checkered injury history at best. He argues that Randy Johnson is in decline (which may or may not be true). That is a valid point but he doesn't point out that the Yankees' lineup now is markedly better than the Red Sox (as currently constructed) or that the Yankees have superior depth in the starting rotation and in the bullpen now. I'm not one of those guys that can't take articles bashing the Yankees, but give me a better argument that the Red Sox will win the division than "their time is up" or that "you have have a feeling." If you read the article, that is basically what Harper is basing his argument on (while almost ignoring the Blue Jays).