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Really? It's pretty simple: Smotlz pitching more innings, had a lower ERA, and also has 150 saves from three years as a dominant closer. They had the same number of wins.
I'm trying to think like HOF voters... they tend to look at total wins, dominance, major highlights, and storyline.
That means, without PEDs and Clemens, he would likely be the best pitcher on the ballot for quite a few years if he didn't get in quickly and that is a major asset to getting voted in.
Player IP GS ERA+ WTed Lyons 4161.0 484 118 260Red Faber 4086.2 483 119 254Vic Willis 3996.0 471 117 249Bob Feller 3827.0 484 122 266Jim Bunning 3760.1 519 115 224Luis Tiant 3486.1 484 114 229Don Drysdale 3432.0 465 121 209Vida Blue 3343.1 473 108 209Chuck Finley 3197.1 467 115 200Milt Pappas 3186.0 465 110 209Andy Pettitte 3153.0 494 118 248Orel Hershiser 3130.1 466 112 204
Guys just don't pitch as many innings per start anymore; should that matter, though?
True, they don't have as much value as individual starters used to; but individual starters used to have a crazily disproportionate amount of value, compared to their teammates.
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