I think Jack McDowell does a fine job refuting his own argument.
you start to worry about perennial low ERA, high strikeout guys like Vasquez being propelled to the highest level of respect
Those are exactly the pitchers who should be respected. That is, after all, what they get paid for. A guy who strikes out has no chance to hurt your team. And a guy who has a perennially low ERA is perennially giving your team a chance to win.
All this year's awards do in my mind is hammer the ridiculous fact the you just need to be a 6 inning pitcher to be in the conversation! There is absolutely no need for the workload of starters to be dropped as dramatically as they have over the past decade.
I don't have the numbers at hand, but I think this is also false. As players salaries have gone up teams have spent more money looking into the best way to protect their investments. And other than Dusty Baker, I think the answer has been to keep them on a shorter leash.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.