Not too bad for 18 years ago. That article reminds me how much time I spent back then knowing personnel in the scouting and development areas and players.
I wish they had done some of these things a little sooner!
In '71-73 Wilbur Wood threw 334, 376, and 359 innings, won 22, 24, and 24 games (the 24s leading the league), led the league in ERA+ in '71, and was worth 11.8, 10.7 and 7.5 rWAR, and ever finished higher than 2nd in the Cy Young voting.
In 1990 Roger Clemens went 21-6, led the league in ERA and shutouts, was worth 10.4 WAR, and finished 2nd in the Cy Young to Bob Welch and his 2.9 WAR.
Juan Marichal had seasons of 10.3 and 9.1 wins where he didn't get a single Cy Young vote. Thanks Sandy Koufax and Dodger Stadium. Dick Ellsworth also fell victim to Koufax with a 10-win season where he went 22-10, 2.11 and go no votes.
In '73 Blyleven had a 9.7-win season with 20 wins, league-leading nine shutouts, led the league in ERA+, and finished 7th in the Cy Young.
Mark Fidrych's famous season where he won 19, led in ERA, complete games, ERA+ and was worth 9.6 wins... 2nd in Cy Young.
It wasn't that long ago that the writers correlated pitcher quality with wins. If you went 24-8 with a 3.50 you were as likely as not to win the Cy Young over someone who was 21-12 with a 2.21, and definitely would win over someone who was 18-10 with a 1.98.
Of his top 10, maybe one or two will be there in the second round. Since you guys have Brown, I’d complement him more with a possession type guy as opposed to Ruggs, Hamler, and Reager. I’m confident Jeudy and Lamb will be gone by 28. Jefferson is the only guy left that I’d take in the first if they go WR.
Mims or Pittman in the 2nd would be really solid. This is such a deep class for WR, they could get a contributor late.
Lot of those guys were before my time, so for me I’d have to say none other than Bundy. Heck, I remember the numbers almost verbatim: 71 IP, 158 K, 2 ER, 5 BB, consistent 92-97 with an occasional run-up to 100, and a 12-6 CB. Even the “experts” thought we nailed it.
It was almost like Christmas when he finally arrived. I really thought he’d be the anchor of this rotation for ~ a decade. What could have been had his body held up.
Still feels weird he's not on this team anymore.