From ESPN Page 2 Daily Quicke 11/11/03
Wonder if any "revisionist" AL Cy Young voters will apply a one-sided standard of some minimum number of wins or innings that must be reached.
That will let voters conveniently discount that Pedro was the best AL pitcher this season -- as opposed to Toronto's Roy Halladay, who had the most wins and innings. (Hold on, let's qualify that IP: Halladay threw 79 more innings than Pedro -- but gave up 59 more runs! That's a 6.72 ERA for those "extra innings.")
This is the kind of media logic that bothers me. You can't just subtract innings and runs allowed come up with a magical ERA for just the extra innings pitched.
1-3 innings Halladay .298 Pedro .248
4-6 innings Halladay .245 Pedro .270
7-9 innings Halladay .283 Pedro .342
Total Halladay .275 Pedro .271
And the real kicker Halladay 9 CG Pedro 3 CG
I'm willing to bet that if Pedro pitched those extra 79 innings he would have gave up more than 59 runs.
We all know best is subjective but can a pitcher really be the best if he only gives you 6 or 7 innings.