Buy or Sell: C.C. Sabathia, Boston Red Sox, and Albert Pujols
We are back with another week of “Buy or Sell” and this is more like the last few that we did because we are focusing on only one sport. After spending time buying or selling the NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, we now turn our attention to the MLB.
Join Dan, Joel and I as we determine if two players are destined to be on top of a list for their achievements throughout their careers. We will also be talking about whether the 2019 Champions can still win division despite their early?
This week we talk about whether New York Yankees star pitcher, C.C. Sabathia, has secured his spot in Coopers town. We also talk about whether or not we think the Boston Red Sox could win the division despite their difficult start. And then we figure out whether or not Albert Pujols has enough left to pass the great Hank Aaron in career RBIs.
So let’s see where we buy and sell.
Dan: After recording his 3,000 career strikeout, pitcher CC Sabathia has secured his spot in Cooperstown!
Joel: I’ll buy C.C. Sabathia having secured his spot in Cooperstown after recording his 3,000th career strikeout. His 3,007 strikeouts currently rank 17th all time. Only 16 players in MLB history have more strikeouts than Sabathia, and he’s likely to cut that list down before he’s done. Of the 16 players ahead of Sabathia right now, just two players (Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling) aren’t in the Hall of Fame. 3,000 strikeouts puts him in elite company, so I’d say his chances are pretty good.
Rahim: I am buying this! Anytime you get 3000 career strikeouts as a pitcher, your name is an automatic. Sabathia has had a tough time staying healthy lately and this is a big milestone to have accomplished. And him doing it as a member of the New York Yankees is even more memorable for his career. Like Joel said, only 17 pitchers in all of MLB history have accomplished this milestone and all but two are Hall of Famers and Sabathia could very well be up there with the rest. Not to mention, he still also has plenty more games to pitch this year, so we could certainly see him continue to climb up the list.
Joel: Despite being 18-19 and 3rd in their division, the Boston Red Sox will win the AL East?
Dan: I’m going to sell the Red Sox winning the division again just based on the fact that the New York Yankees are playing this good without a good chunk of their starting lineup. Boston is starting to play good, but the season is still early and you never know. I’m still putting my money on the Yankees has they keep pace in the division and wait for a healthier team because we know they will be a very hard team to beat when at full health.
Rahim: I am also going to sell this! I am, yes, the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are in front of the Red Sox right now. But the season still is early and we could see the Red Sox slug their way into the lead for the AL East title. However, it is a year after they won a World Series and from recent history, they could miss the playoffs. Every year after the Red Sox’s have won a World Series, they have either missed the playoffs or lost.
I know the question isn’t asking whether or not the Boston Red Sox will win the World Series again, but they don’t have much success the season after winning a title. I don’t think they’ll make it back to the World Series this year, but I also don’t think they will miss the playoffs or win the AL East division. I, unfortunately, have to go with the Yankees to win the division and the Red Sox fighting for one of the two wild card spots as I predicted they would back when we all did the MLB predictions.
Rahim: Albert Pujols will pass Hank Aaron with the most RBIs in a career?
Dan: I’m selling that Pujols passes Aaron to become the All-Time RBI leader. He’s at a stage in his career where he’s just not going to be playing long enough to get this.
Pujols is 39 years old and his production isn’t what it used to be. I think it’s going to be Father Time that catches up with Pujols before anything. If he becomes the Vince Carter of the MLB and just keeps playing forever then sure it’s possible but realistically I just don’t see Pujols playing long enough to get this record.
If he ends up doing it then good for him and I guess I’ll eat my words. But in my opinion I only see him playing another year or 2 and that’s not gonna be enough time to break the record. Where he stands right now, he needs 298 RBIs to tie Hank Aaron.
Joel: I’m also going to sell that Pujols passes Hank Aaron as the all-time RBI leader. Pujols needs 298 more RBIs to pass Aaron. If Pujols were to play three more seasons, including this one, he’d have to have at least 100 in each season to become the all-time leader.
I’m not sure Pujols will play that much longer, and I don’t think he’d average 100 RBIs over the next three seasons if he did play that long.
Last year, he had 64, and this year he’s at 17, which doesn’t put him on track for 100+. If he plays like five more years I can see it, but I don’t think he’ll last that much longer.
- Have Sabathia earned a spot in Cooperstown after his 3000 strikeout?
- Can the Boston Red Sox still win the AL East despite their slow struggle and injured?
- Will Albert Pujols pass Hank Aaron on the all-time RBIs list?