Jon Garland or Brad Penny? Who Would You Rather Have, Red Sox Nation?

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IAugust 23, 2009

BOSTON - AUGUST 21:  Brad Penny #36 of the Boston Red Sox reacts against  the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 21, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After Brad Penny's terrible start against the hated New York Yankees, it's time most of Red Sox Nation ask the question:

Should Theo designate Penny for assignment?

There are good starters avalible, including Arizona's Jon Garland. Garland, 29, is 6-11 this season with a 4.42 ERA and a WHIP 1.44. Not spectacular, but not completely terrible. Garland cleared waivers, and is available for a claim.

I think the Red Sox claim of Billy Wagner may prevent them from placing a claim in for Garland. But most Red Sox fans think that Billy Wagner could be the next Eric Gagne. For those of you fair-weather fans, being like Eric Gagne isn't a good thing.

Anyway, compare Penny's stats to Garland's this season. Penny has a better record at 7-8, but has a worse ERA and WHIP at 5.61 and 1.54, respectively. Opponents are hitting .299 against Penny compared to .275 against Garland.

Even if the Red Sox don't place a claim on Garland, starting pitching help is coming, as All- Star Tim Wakefield will take Penny's spot in the rotation.

Hopefully, this minor move will be the first step to getting Penny off the roster, and making him someone else's problem.