I wonder how followers of statistical analysis would respond to the following question: Who would you rather have in your rotation next year? Chien-Ming Wang or Josh Beckett? The skepticism toward Wang within stathead communities has been well documented here. Conversely, Beckett has been, for the most part, well regarded by believers of peripherals and other performance indices. Obviously, Wang has been the far better pitcher this year, but, if we’re to be believe the Neyers of this world, he’s a historical anomoly, unlikely to be able to maintain this level of success in the coming seasons. Meanwhile, defenders of Beckett point to his past numbers to explain away his sorry 2006. His home run allowed rate has spiked this season and that’s a stat not likely to be repeated. Someone with his k-rate and stuff has is too good not to be the ace of a staff. It’s an interesting comparison. As someone who watches the Wang magic show every 5th day, I’m going to go with the young Yankee going forward. But perhaps my eyes deceive. Anyway, today is a chance to watch these pitchers, symbols of the present and future for both franchises, square off. Comment away here.