- 06/18/2012, 02:56PM ET
CruzControl98 said 06/18, 02:56 PM
1) Matt Cain
Everybody knows about the perfect game last start he threw, which just made his stellar start better. He has a 2.18 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 8-2 Record to start the year. He is also fifth in the league in strikeouts with 96.
2) RA Dickey
10-1 this year with a 2.20 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He hasn't had a loss in his last 10 starts and has not allowed a earned run in 4 games. He also probably should of had a no hitter last start because BJ Upton's ruled hit was really a error.
3) Justin Verlander
6-4 this year with a 2.66 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He leads the league in both IP, which he has 101.2 and also K's with 103. He also had hurled the most CG this year with 3, and he was close to a no hitter against the Pirates a couple weeks back.
4) Stephen Strasburg
8-1 Record with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He is tied for second in the league with 100 K's, and he is only behind Verlander because he can't go deep in game. He has only pitched 70 innings compared to Justin's 102.
5) Lance Lynn
10-2 Record with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP to go along with 86 K's. Running out of room so will explain more next.
Darth Maim said 06/18, 04:54 PM
Nice list, but I have another pitcher that belongs on that list.
While I could add Brandon Beachy or Gio Gonzalez I am going to go with Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.
Sales stats for the season:
8-2 2.46 ERA .99 WHIP 82 K's with a complete game and a 172+ ERA (leads MLB) and has only 22 walks in 80.1 innings.
He has these better stats than Lynn as well:
H/9 Sale 6.5 Lynn 6.8
BB/9 Sale 2.5 Lynn 3.0
K/BB Sale 3.73 Lynn 3.19
Hits allowed Sale 58 Lynn 62
So while your list is solid, it isn't the best 5 in MLB right now.
Good luck CruzControl98
Argument 2: My rebuttal for rights 2nd argument.....
CruzControl98 said 06/18, 05:37 PM
This is gonna be a tough one to beat after looking at it but ill take a shot.
First lets look at the ERA and Wins. Both of these categories belong to Lynn and when you think about baseball, all that matters is how many runs you give up and if you can win games. Lynn also has more K's. But **** thats about all I got.
Sale gets 6 Runs a game in support, Lynn gets 7
Sale has to face AL teams every week, Lynn gets to face NL
Sale place for a worst team then Lynn
All the things you listed above
But when you think about he was drafted by the better team and he gets more wins so stats wise he is a better pitcher overall and I think that Lynn will be around longer then Sale but there is no way to prove that.
Thanks for the TD Darth Maim
Sorry for not having a argument
Darth Maim said 06/19, 08:15 AM
Let's see...where to start
1). "Sale gets 6 Runs a game in support, Lynn gets 7"
Yes, my selection is getting less run support than your. ADVANTAGE Sale.
2). "Sale has to face AL teams every week, Lynn gets to face NL"
True again, Lynn gets to face pitchers in the batters box while Sale gets to enjoy pitching to the DH in the American League. ADVANTAGE Sale.
3). "Sale place for a worst team then Lynn"
Um, not true...The White Sox winning % is .522 and they are in first place in the AL Central. The Cardinals winning % is .507 and they are in 3rd place in the NL Central 4.5 games behind.
4). "But when you think about he was drafted by the better team and he gets more wins so stats wise he is a better pitcher overall and I think that Lynn will be around longer then Sale but there is no way to prove that."
Not sure how this factors into why Lynn is better than Sale.
Argument 3: Final summation.....
CruzControl98 said 06/19, 04:59 PM
Dude, I know you won, thats why I gave points that favored you. Sale is a better pitcher right now and I missed him while looking through the stats
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