View single post by srossi
 Posted: Tue Mar 9th, 2010 01:36 pm
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Very close.  His won-loss record is spectacular at 229-135 (.629).  ERA is under 4, excellent for spending most of his career in the A.L. East.  Postseason he's even better with an 18-9 (.667) record and maintaining a sub-4 ERA.  A work-horse who is always among league leaders in innings pitched and led the league in starts 3 years.  Maybe the best pick-off move in the history of the game and fields his position well if you want to throw in some extras. 

On the downside, he's only reached 20 wins twice in a 14-year career.  Only led the league in wins once.  Only made the All-Star team twice.  Wins are helped a lot by being a Yankee because his last year in Houston he pitched very well and went 14-13.  Really never THE man in a rotation, but usually 1a or 1b.  Gets his outs on ground balls, which is less sexy than the strikeout kings that voters usually gravitate towards. 

It's a tough call.  I'd give him the nod based on clutch pitching performances in the postseason.  That's what it's all about and he's out-dueled some of the best in the game in the playoffs year in and year out, most notably the famous 1-0 win over John Smoltz in Game 5 in '96. 

This thread was great before AA ruined it.