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I guess since CC's lost his fastball and is no longer elite his 7 shutout innings doesn't enter the discussion.
There was an awesome slate of pitching matchups yesterday, then half the league scored 5 runs or more That's worth an article on a content blog.
I'm starting to feel really bad for the Astros and their fans. They're now 1-5, are scoring less than 3 runs a game, and giving up 6.
Tim hudson is #8 among active players in career era+. 122 last year, and his last year below 100 was in 2006.
Over the last 3 seasons, Hudson has 622 IP and a 122 ERA+. On the one hand, that's only #21 among pitchers with 300+ IP from 2010-12. On the other hand, Cain got an ace shoutout and he's just at 664, 123. Hudson is 37 now and possibly trending the wrong way and, on the third hand, nobody below Hudson is being called out as an "ace".
There aren't any obvious breakpoints. The difference between #13 (Dickey, 129 ERA+) and #23 (Kuroda 120) is basically the same as the gap between #23 and #33 (Lester 112). Possibly you start to see more clustering once you're below 130 ... 2 at 126, 2 at 124, 2 at 123, 2 at 122 ... which suggests less differentiation (and therefore less "specialness").
As always, the list of guys who give you quantity and outstanding quality are few and far between.
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