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April 13, 2010, 12:01 PM
Who is the most underated Starting Pitcher in Major League Baseball. I believe it is St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. He has been so good for the past 3 seasons. Over 130 strikeouts and a era under 4. People overlook this pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. Is he the most underated or is there someone else.
July 12, 2010  09:52 AM ET
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shawn marcum

This is who I would say as well.

July 19, 2010  05:07 AM ET

Stephen Strasburg

July 21, 2010  10:27 AM ET
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since most on here are putting someone from there team, PHIL HUGHES.

Same here. Phil Hughes was the first pitcher that I thought of. He's a beast.

July 21, 2010  11:09 AM ET

jamie old man moyer

July 22, 2010  01:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Stephen Strasburg

You are joking! There has been more hype about this guy playing then any of the 24 pitchers who threw no-no's this year. I know my pick of Roy Oswalt will not be viewed as a popular one, but I think some of you will change your mind if he is traded to a team that has at least three guys putting up offencesive numbers like real Major League hitters. The Astros are awful!

July 23, 2010  07:49 AM ET

Tim Wakefield

July 23, 2010  12:59 PM ET

Depends on if you're talking about this year or you need longer.
Jason Vargas's success has been a bright spot in the Mariners lineup this year. He's been every bit as good as the guy everybody refers to as "KING" Felix Hernandez, or any other "big-name" pitcher in this, his first full year in the rotation. He's only given up 29 walks. Mr Felix, on the other hand, has given up over 40. Vargas also has a 2.97 ERA, Felix - 2.77. Felix has a 1.11 WHIP ... Vargas has a 1.15. He's no strikeout king, but the kid is getting the job done on a team without any offense.
By sheer luck, his W/L is 6-4 ... that other guy - 7-6

July 24, 2010  02:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Same here. Phil Hughes was the first pitcher that I thought of. He's a beast.

Wow, as a Yankee fan, the first pitcher you thought of was a Yankee...hard to believe.

Hughes and Joba have been over-hyped since they got to the show and now Hughes is living up to the hype...he's not under-rated.

July 24, 2010  02:38 AM ET

I'm going to have to say Roy Oswalt, he gets no love.

July 26, 2010  08:46 PM ET

C J Wilson of the Rangers. He has the killer instinct.

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July 27, 2010  09:15 AM ET

Is it as interesting to the rest of the room as it is to me, that in 30 posts there have been perhaps fifteen names suggested in good faith? I wonder if that's because (a) it takes a supreme amount of talent to make the starting rotation of any major league baseball team, and thus any starting pitcher in MLB who isn't Carpenter, Lincecum, Halladay or Lee is going to have a legitimate claim to being an under-appreciated talent, or, (b) we all think our own team doesn't get the respect it deserves, and so many of us are picking someone from our own team?

I think the carefully constructed answer to this question would have to be someone with a very high WARP and almost no name-recognition -- presumably because he plays for a team that gets little attention outside of its own market. Assuming people won't buy CJ Wilson as underrated (which works if the prefix "under-" is taken in its true, relativistic context), then the top WARP in the AL from a guy who gets very little ink is Shaun Marcum, and the top WARP in the NL from a guy nobody talks about is Yovani Galardo -- who, as an added bonus, is making $450,000 this year, meaning he's underrated even by his own GM.

July 28, 2010  02:53 AM ET
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the top WARP in the NL from a guy nobody talks about is Yovani Galardo -- who, as an added bonus, is making $450,000 this year, meaning he's underrated even by his own GM.

or it means he hasn't been in the league long enough to get big money through arbitration...considering last year was his first full season of starting..

July 28, 2010  02:54 AM ET

As far as CJ Wilson goes, let's see what the guys does in his second year as a starter before getting all hyped up about him...hopefully he wont lead the league in walks like he does now :-)

July 29, 2010  06:58 PM ET

Shaun Marcum

July 30, 2010  11:19 AM ET

I would say Roy Oswalt, for his career. Check out his stats.
But then you can compare him to guys like Hudson and Carpenter. And his numbers are better without the recog.

No obvious names like Latos, or Wainwright, or Johnson. All those guys are getting love this year.

CJ Wilson is a good choice. Even Matt Cain. I would have said Aaron Harang if this was 2008. But for his career, its Roy Oswalt. Remember when he used to throw a 96 mph fastball and a change up at 70. Sick, sick, sick.
He's my choice.

July 30, 2010  11:21 AM ET
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or it means he hasn't been in the league long enough to get big money through arbitration...considering last year was his first full season of starting..

Yeah forgot about Gallardo. But last year and this, there were writers predicting a CY Young.

August 2, 2010  11:00 AM ET

Jaime Garcia or Shaun Marcum. Check out www.thefantasybaseballguru.com

August 4, 2010  12:54 AM ET

Shaun Marcum. look at his era. and he just did in the yanks.... again

 
August 4, 2010  07:20 PM ET

Carlos Silva.

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