Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How good is Roy Oswalt?

Everyone knows he is very good. But, he's never won a Cy Young Award (or even come in 2nd) and seems to get forgotten about a little when the best pitchers in baseball are discussed. He plays in a smaller market and "only" makes $14 million, about $5 million less than Johan Santana.

Of all pitchers to start their careers since 1930, only 4 pitchers have matched the following numbers:

.650 Winning %, 130 Wins, Sub-3.20 ERA

Whitey Ford (Hall of Fame)
Roger Clemens (uhhh...never mind)
Sandy Koufax (Hall of Fame)
Roy Oswalt (?)

If you add in 3.00 Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio, the list is reduced to 1 pitcher...

Roy Oswalt

He is at it again right now, having turned around a down (for him, anyway) season by going 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in his last 5 starts.

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