Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Best Pitchers of This Dwindling Decade

The Boston Herald's John Tomase wrote a very interesting piece in the Sunday Herald. He details his picks of the best baseball players of this decade, the first ten years of the twenty first century. His picks for best righty, lefty and reliever follow, with my comments, too.

RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER....Pedro "Petey" Martinez

I could never argue with John's choice of Pedro. At his prime, he was on his own level, bar none, unreachable. He was simply a mound wizard. Just looking at his stats from 2000-2003, when he went 59-17 with a 2.11 (!!!!!) ERA says it all.

LEFT-HANDED PITCHER: Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks/Yankees/Giants

In his prime, Randy was also untouchable. With his lanky frame and off-angle deliveries to the plate, he was the toughest lefty in the land. 12 shutouts, 2,182 K's and a 3.34 ERA ...WOW.

CLOSER: Mariano Rivera

THERE AIN'T ANY OTHER. Sorry Paps, he's the best, year after year after year after....

Have a great Sunday, everyone, and thank you for stopping by. As always, BE WELL.


At 12/27/2009 6:51 PM, Blogger Schruender said...

Very hard to argue if you are going by a range of 4 years in either the case of Randy or Pedro. In terms of a ten year run though, I would say someone like Roy Halladay deserves recognition as a righty. I also think that Johan Santana had a more consistent run as a lefty over the ten year span.

At 12/28/2009 4:39 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hello to you. Yes, I agree, they are right up there. I hope you had a great Christmas.


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