September 26, 2021

Are we on the cusp of having a new Best Pitcher in Baseball? (The Athletic)

The Best Pitcher in Baseball is an unofficial honorific that has long fascinated me. When I first started following baseball in the mid-1980s, there was an intense debate about whether Roger Clemens or Dwight Gooden deserved the title. As I matured as a fan, the game saw a bounty of all-time greats earn the honor, including Clemens, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martínez and Randy Johnson. When I first covered the game professionally, Johan Santana reigned. In the last 10 years, the title has passed from Roy Halladay to Clayton Kershaw to Max Scherzer.

As we prepare to enter a new decade, it appears that we are on the cusp of having a new Best Pitcher in Baseball. This past season, in his age-34 campaign, Scherzer snapped a 10-year streak of 30-start seasons and six-year streak of 200-inning seasons while struggling with neck and back injuries. Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom won, and deserved, his second consecutive Cy Young award in Scherzer’s own league.

To better determine the…

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