Agreed with the hitting, the Yankees lineup is by far the scariest in baseball. However, you lost me at having better pitching. First off, let's compare the two lefty's (Lester and CC): Lester 2009 stats: IP H R ER HR BB SO W/L ERA 203.1 |186 |80 |77 |20 |64 |225 |15-8 |3.41 Sabathia 2009 stats: IP H R ER HR BB SO W/L ERA 230.0 |197 |96 |86 |18 |67 |197 |19-8 |3.37 Lester's K/9 rate was much better than CC's. CC and Lester's ERA are pretty much on even footing (.04 difference). CC got more wins, but I'm sure those were based on run support and the Yankees great offense. CC also has more innings but that is because he also had two extra starts. I think both are pretty much on even footing, CC may be a little better since he eats up more innings.. but Lester is not far behind. As for the rest, Beckett > Burnett, Lackey > Pettite, Daisuke cannot be easily determined against Javier Vasquez. Dice did have a groin injury last year which plagued his early performance, but he seemed to get things back together towards the end of 09 posting a 2.21 era with a 3-1 record. Javier Vasquez pitched like an ace for the Braves in the NL West, but got lit in the AL East in 2004 where he posted a 4.91 ERA with the Yankees, his K/9 rate also took a huge nosedive that season. I'll give the upper hand to Matsuzaka since he does have AL East experience.. and has posted up great numbers (18-3 2.90 era in 08). As for Buchholz and Hughes, I'd put them both at a neutral point as of now.. Hughes has not proven much as a starter and Buchholz is still a question mark. As for comparing bullpens, the Yankees don't have much other than Joba whose fastball has decreased 6-7mph in speed and Mariano Rivera.