I originally wanted to be a Major League Baseball general manager. Instead, I critique them for a living.
My education and career path led me from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA to Fox Sports Radio on the Jersey Shore to ESPN Radio in Atlantic City to WNST in Baltimore to WFAN in New York to WIP in Philadelphia and Bleacher Report.
I have studied Sport Management, covered high school sports, co-hosted a midday show on an ESPN affiliate, won WFAN's Fantasy Phenom contest, and watched more hours of sports, specifically baseball, than I can count.
I believe in sabermetrics. Something should have told me that I was a little bit different than other kids when I was reading Bill James and Rob Neyer at the age of 12.
OBP is better than AVG, OPS+ matters more than "clutch" and bullpens can be remade with a touch of ingenuity.
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No problem, Joe. Glad I could help.
You lose all credibility comparing Uehara to Mariano Rivera...
In my opinion, If I had to compare between Verlander and Kershaw as the best pitcher in baseball, I would have to say Kershaw is the best.
At 25 years old he has won a Cy Young, has a career 2.68 era, over 1100 strikeouts, 9.2 strikeouts per 9 innings, a WHIP of 1.101, since 2009 has had an era below 3, and has 70 wins. The most scary part is he isn’t even in his prime yet. He also has not had more losses than wins in any regular season of his career. Plus, his curveball and demeanor remind me of Sandy Koufax. I feel as though I am seeing Koufax when Kershaw pitches. With more postseason experience I could contrast or compare his postseason era to Verlander.
Verlander to his credit has won a Cy Young, but has a higher WHIP at 1.189, 8.4 K/9 innings, only has had 2 seasons of a below 3 era. Has thrown 2 no hitters, and has a career ERA of 3.42. But at 30 only has 134 wins. At 25 he had just 46 wins. The advantages for him are he averages 226 innings a year, has more postseason experience but in the World Series where it matters most he has a 7.20 ERA, and a 4.32 in the ALCS.
should have had nick Franklin on there
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I'll see what I can do, Jack. Great topic!
can you write an article on who is the best pitcher in baseball (Verlander or Kershaw) so i can end this debate with dodger fans