Did You Know This About Willis And Bondo?
When Randy Johnson won his 300th game over the weekend, it was something we might not see again for decades.
Next on the list is Jamie Moyer with 250 victories. He is 46 years old. C.C. Sabathia is 28 and has 122 victories. He has an outside shot at it, but he isn’t even halfway there. The next best chances among active pitchers probably belong to Roy Halladay with 141 wins at 32, Roy Oswalt with 131 at 31 and Barry Zito with 125 at 31. Again, seems like the odds those three will reach 300 victories is nil.
Among pitchers 27 or younger, Dontrelle Willis - believe it or not - is the leader with 69 victories. Among active pitchers 26 or younger - again, believe it or not - it’s Jeremy Bonderman with 59 victories. It’s obvious they have no chance of winning 300 games based on their current circumstances alone.
In order to win 300 games, you must average 15 wins for 20 seasons. Don’t see that happening again in this era of five-man rotations, strict pitch counts and speciality pitching out of the bullpen. But if it does occur again, it will have to be by someone like the Tigers’ Rick Porcello who has started accumulating victories at a very young age - 20.
- I do like the idea of the Pistons being involved in a sign and trade for the Knicks’ David Lee. He is very good player with a lot the type of energy that has been missing from the Pistons frontcourt. The question is the cost. Lets put it this way, Lee is not the type of player you sign to a max-out contract, especially with 2010 looming and all those free agents being kicked loose.
- A lot of people were impressed by Edwin Jackson’s velocity the other night against the Angels, and they should have been, but he’s got an excellent breaking ball. He throws it hard with late break and a tight rotation. When gets ahead in the count like he has been this season, he is as tough as any pitcher in baseball because of that hammer.
- The Red Wings have had so many players step forward during this Stanley Cup run, sometimes they get overlooked. Who has played better than Valtteri Filppula? He has 16 points in 21 playoff games and is tied for the team-lead with 13 assists. And he is an excellent defensive forward, who is exceptionally strong on his skates.