My Hall of Fame Pet Project
I want to show you four pitching seasons. And if you could, I want you to tell me how many of them are Cy Young Award worthy in what you might consider a typical season.
Season 1: 22–6, 2.98 ERA, 157 ERA+, 3.11 FIP, 256 innings, 293 Ks, 37 walks, 37 HRs, 1.075 WHIP, 8.8 WAR.
Season 2: 23–7, 3.23 ERA, 140 ERA+, 2.40 FIP, 259 innings, 316 Ks, 33 walks, 29 HRs, 0.968 WHIP, 8.7 WAR.
Season 3: 21–6, 3.26 ERA, 148 ERA+, 3.11 FIP, 226 innings, 203 Ks, 35 walks, 23 HRs, 1.063 WHIP, 7.3 WAR.
Season 4: 17–11, 2.97 ERA, 143 ERA+, 2.63 FIP, 254 innings, 319 Ks, 58 walks, 25 homers, 1.046 WHIP, 6.3 WAR.
Now, I ask you — could those win a Cy Young Award? I think you would expect Season 1 to win the Cy Young for sure, and Season 2 is just as good. Seasons 3 and 4 might take a down year around the league, but because of those incredible strikeout numbers and low walk totals, I’d say in the right year those could win.
This pitcher could have won four Cy Young Awards with better timing is what I’m saying. He had a fifth season when he led the league in WHIP and Hits per nine innings.
And he might have been the best postseason pitcher in baseball history.
I can’t believe I’m saying this. But I think it is my duty as a baseball fan and fan of the Baseball Hall of Fame to promote the Hall of Fame case of Curt Schilling. It is absolutely ridiculous that people are refusing to vote him in.