SimpleAsThat wrote:While Clemens ERA is certainly impressive, there's a reason that the voters consider a pitcher's wins. The point of a game is to win and not to have the lowest ERA. What is better, getting 30 wins in a year or having an ERA under 2.00? When I pitched in high school, all I cared about was wins and didn't even know my ERA. Granted, I wasn't any good, but that's beside the point.
If I were voting, I would pick Carpenter over Clemens. Just my opinion.
Of course the point is to win, but winning comes from 25, not one. You could throw a no hitter every start, and not win once in theory. A win, while dependent on the SP performance, also depends on defense, run support, bullpen. A sp doesn't control those 3. So why should he get penalized for it? It's a little easier pitching for St. Louis. St. Louis is 13.5 games ahead of Houston. The Cards have scored 100 more runs. Clemens has 8 games where he didn't give up a run, and his team failed to score. How could Clemens win those 8? He can't. nor anyone else. It's the 1st time since Randy Jones in 76 was so snake bitten. Carpenter has gotton 1.5 runs more per 9 innings. Superman wouldn't beat Carpenter in wins with Clemens luck.