Opponents OPS Leaders
AL: Josh Beckett, Red Sox .516
NL: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers .560
|In 2011, Josh Beckett has|
been historically good. Again.
Josh Beckett's .516 OPS allowed is even more impressive when keeping that in mind. In fact, as we'll see with the following, the lowest OPS allowed in the last 10 years was Roger Clemens in 2004.
AL: Felix Hernandez, Mariners .585
NL: Mat Latos, Padres .601
With pitching injuries the way they've been recently, it seems like young flame throwers have two chances at success. In their early 20's, they can blow everyone away and have a few good years before they get injured. Then, they can bounce back from injury and succeed as renaissance pitchers. Very few guys are going the route of staying relatively healthy for 15 years and retiring. Latos is already fighting through shoulder issues. If Felix keeps it going, he still may one day end up like Jason Schmidt or Johan Santana in his mid 30's.
AL: Felix Hernandez, Mariners .605
NL: Tim Lincecum, Giants .561
With all due respect to those other cats in Philadelphia, I think Doc Halladay, Justin Verlander and these two guys are the best in the business.
AL: Roy Halladay, Blue Jays .621
NL: Tim Lincecum, Giants .612
|Fans appreciate Halladay|
Lincecum, while extremely young, doesn't need to get any better. He simply needs to keep doing what he's doing to get his own plaque.
AL: Erik Bedard, Mariners .615
NL: Chris Young, Padres .578
Both of these guys have really struggled with injuries after their career years in 2007. Bedard has a better chance at getting near his past levels of success, being left-handed and throwing with much more velocity. Chris Young excels with his control and change of speeds, but he suffers when throwing not much more than a batting practice fastball. His average fastball has been 84.7 mph the past 2 seasons, while Bedard sits 90-91 with his 4-seamer and cutter, mixing in a 77-78 hammer and change-up.
AL: Johan Santana, Twins .618
NL: Chris Carpenter, Cardinals .643
|How much more must Johan Santana|
achieve to get to the H.o.F?
AL: Johan Santana, Twins .596
NL: Roger Clemens, Astros .544
Roger Clemens is a cheater and a liar. He's a horrible example for the youth of Texas and an embarrassment to the National pastime. It's good knowing that he's never going to play again.
AL: Johan Santana, Twins .565
NL: Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks .557
AL: Pedro Martinez, Red Sox .586
NL: Jason Schmidt, Giants .566
Pedro is making history, with his epic success year after year. In 2003, Jason Schmidt lead the National League in Winning Percentage, ERA, and ERA+, but he finished 2nd in the Cy Young Award race to 'roided up Eric Gagne.
AL: Pedro Martinez, Red Sox .562
NL: Odalis Perez, Dodgers .609
|Where have you gone, Odalis Perez?|
2002 was the only year he made the All-Star team, and 2004 was the only other season he had an above average ERA+. Odalis injured his arm, along the way, and was never the same, retiring after his Age 30 season in 2008.
AL: Freddy Garcia, Mariners .627
NL: Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks .583
Freddy Garcia was a fan favorite in Seattle. This gave us a statistical reason why. 2001, of course, was also the year Big Unit and Curt Schilling won a World Series in front of their home fans, arguably consisting of thousands of former Cub fan transplants.
AL: Pedro Martinez, Red Sox .473
NL: Kevin Brown, Dodgers .598
Joe Posnanski's post that got this whole conversation started listed Pedro's 2000 season as the best season ever by any 28-year old. With the spirit of the Hall of Fame in the air, on this Induction Day, I'm anticipating Pedro's approaching Cooperstown celebration.