nuggets wrote:DK wrote:I'd take Pedro in his prime. It wouldn't be a hard choice, either.
And I guess if we are going with greatest pitcher of our time in his prime I go with the Doc. (Have to throw a sleeper in right?)
Dwight Gooden, SP, 1985 New York Mets
Stats: 24-4 record, 1.53 ERA, 0.965 WHIP, 268 K, 276.2 IP
A player who wasn't struck by the "sophomore slump," Gooden actually improved upon his 1984 rookie season, in which he set a new rookie strikeout record. In 1985, he wound up winning the NL Triple Crown as well as the Cy Young award, leading the majors in wins, ERA and strikeouts and finishing second in WHIP. Gooden also had 16 complete games and eight shutouts, numbers that now seem virtually unreachable.
Pedro certianly can hang with that WHIP and those K as career highs but can't touch those IP, CG, SHO and is a little off that ERA. Doc didn't peak as long and his eyes probably looked just like that for most of it but damn that was a year.
Fantasywise I might be pursuaded to go with Pedro but the IP would give Doc's ERA more weight in this example:
Pedro Martinez, SP, 1999 Boston Red Sox
Stats: 23-4 record, 2.07 ERA, 0.923 WHIP, 313 K, 213.1 IP
In another of the most dominating pitching performances in baseball history, Martinez won the AL Triple Crown and Cy Young award while leading the majors in wins, ERA and WHIP in 1999. His 2.07 ERA was a full three runs below the league average of 5.07, and he set career highs in wins and strikeouts despite making just 29 starts. Martinez struck out at least 10 batters on 13 occasions in 1999, carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning or later three times and even struck out 17 Yankees in a one-hit effort in September.
And Doc's Wins give him a slight edge in 5 x 5 scoring here:
Pedro Martinez, SP, 2000 Boston Red Sox
Stats: 18-6 record, 1.74 ERA, 0.737 WHIP, 284 K, 217 IP
Fantasy owners love to see a pitcher keep runners off the basepaths, and no pitcher in history did it better than Martinez in 2000. He set the single-season record for WHIP with his 0.737 mark, and he registered an ERA 3.25 points below the league average. Martinez's win total might leave something to be desired, but in his second straight AL Cy Young season, he was about as mistake-free as a pitcher can be.
But if you think about how wins are much easier to get with middle relief than 0.737 WHIP which is the best ever. In reality I'd have to take this season, but then again Ks are streamable(new word?) too. Shoot I'll take Doc just 'cause I like him and 1.53 ERA ain't bad, right?
And one last stat. Unit's park adjusted ERAs are better than Pedro's overall. EDIT I don't think I understand the *lgERA so I guess it's Pedro who has the better adjusted if I'm getting it right now?
What do you feel about that DK? You've already made it clear you want the guy with the best stuff, the most dominant in a short-span. How do the WARP peaks compare for these two?