With the peak of the steroid era in the rear-view mirror, the MLB has been far more friendly to pitchers over the past few seasons.
The absence of juiced-up hitters has helped, but there is also a fantastic crop of pitching talent in the majors right now both in the starting rotation and in the back end of bullpens.
With that in mind, what follows is my unscientific attempt to name the 100 greatest pitchers in the game today.
The main focus was on how a pitcher has performed over the past few years, with consistency and production valued over potential. However, a great pitcher on the upswing of his career was properly slotted above a veteran hurler in decline despite what the numbers looked like the past few seasons.
Comparing starters and relievers is not an easy thing to do, but I tried to include who I truly felt were the 100 best pitchers, regardless of their role.
Full agreement is virtually impossible on a list of this sort, as this was essentially my opinion, and I look forward to defending my selections and hearing your suggestions in the comment section.
Let's get to it.
*All stats via Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.