Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Live Chat Today From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday's Column On Verlander

I will be doing a live chat this morning from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at theoaklandpress.com

This is my column in Tuesday's Oakland Press on why Justin Verlander is the best starting pitcher in the major leagues: http://tinyurl.com/295wyor


Anonymous Michael C said...

Verlander is a great pitcher, but he's not the best pitcher in baseball. Roy Halladay put up numbers that absolutely blow Verlander's out of the water, in a MUCH tougher division when he was in Toronto, racking up more wins with a much worse team. There's no way Verlander could match what Halladay did if he was was playing in Toronto.

And as good as the guy is, he does have weaknesses in his game (high pitch counts early in games, prone to giving up a more huge innings than other elite pitchers)

He compares very similarly to Josh Beckett, minus the World Series victories. That's pretty damn good and is not an insult to him at all (it's potential HOF material). But he's just not on the Halladay / Lincecum level. To suggest otherwise is just being biased because the guy plays here. There's no way if you watched all of Halladay's games as well you'd still feel Verlander is better.

3:10 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
I agree with you about Holliday - except for one important thing: When has he ever pitched in the pressure of a pennant race? Now, that's not his fault, necessarily, but it is something Verlander has over him.

12:34 PM 

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