how is it even possible to NOT take injuries into consideration
Well, whos to say that these oft-injured pitchers won't finally stay healthy? There have been pitchers that had some early injuries and rebounded to have a great career. A great example of this would be Chris Carpenter. I'm not saying they will but a healthy Harden and Prior is better than just about every other pitcher in the league, no question. If Harden gets healthy and starts in the playoffs, look for a 2003 Beckett-esque performance. I'm just basing it on potential and pure stuff when healthy which is why I had the 2nd list with those oft-injured pitcher off it besides Pedro.
teddy ballgame wrote:Exactly. For one big game that list needs some work. Schilling, Clemens (HM isn't enough). I would even throw Wells into the mix for one big game.
Experience is one of the most overrated categories for postseason success; we've seen time-and-time again rookies and young players pitch exceptional in the playoffs and/or World Series. In recent memory, see Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, Josh Beckett, Brad Penny (World Series). I think postseason experience is a huge misconception; big game or not, you take the best pitcher.
As far as top ten pitchers from this date on, if I were a GM this would be my order:
9. F. Hernandez
Assuming redraft next spring (and it's waaaay too early to do so yet) I'd go:
61* 70**73**762*** MVP****NL11,AL07,AL05,NL04,ALNL03,ALNL02,NL01,ALNL00,AL99,ALNL98,ALNL96 RIP Cammi Cmon Bud, NOW is the time to sack up and force feed an Olympic style drug program down Fehr's fat throat. Save OUR game from these blatant cheaters!
It's a tough question to answer, just because the position is so heavily influenced by injury. Everyone has Kazmir and Liriano on their lists... where are Harden or even Prior then? If you're going to put injury-prone players so high, don't be so selective.
For next season, ignoring run support as a factor:
10. Harden (#2 if actually healthy)