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Old 04-06-2002, 10:33 PM   #1
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Which team has the best pitching staff?
A. Atlanta Braves
B. Arizona Diamondbacks
C. Oakland A's
D. New York Yankees
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Old 04-06-2002, 11:17 PM   #2
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First welcome Par to the Sports-Central forum. Glad to have you. I choose the Oakland Athletics. Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Cory Lidle are the best foursome in all of baseball and the New York Yankees would be second with Pettitte, Clemens, Mussina, Wells and Hernandez. I know Clemens got blasted his first game but he will be effective down the road.
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Old 04-06-2002, 11:22 PM   #3
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Yankees.. Clemens, Mussina, Pettitte, Wells, Hernandez would be #1 or #2 on most other staffs
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Old 04-06-2002, 11:58 PM   #4
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Oakland Athletics, no question. Tim Hudson can throw everything for strikes, Mulder's fastball has more movement than Curt Shillings, and Barry Zito has the best hook in the leauge. The big three are all about stuff, if they have it, the opposition is in for a long night. IMO, the best pitcher on the staff is Zito. His curve is so good, it fools everybody. His fastball has a great cut movement and his changeup is a freezer too. He's a strikeout machine. Now I have only menchained three pitchers, and that's not a whole staff, but the fact that tehy each one at least 17 agmes last season does it for me. The Yankees staff is rounded, but old.
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Old 04-07-2002, 04:14 AM   #5
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I choose the D-Backs, just because of the big 2. Obviously they dont have a whole hell of a lot after Johnson and Schilling, but those 2 are so dominant that they beat any other staff in the majors by themselves.
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Old 04-07-2002, 09:21 AM   #6
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I'll say the Yankee's here. They have poor relief pitching but their starters and closer are all high-quality guys.
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Old 04-07-2002, 04:48 PM   #7
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I'll say the Yankee's here. They have poor relief pitching but their starters and closer are all high-quality guys.
How can you say that when they have Rivera, arguably one of the best in the game?
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Old 04-07-2002, 05:27 PM   #8
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Marc, I full expected you to say that when I posted that post this morning because I know that you do NOT know baseball at all.


I said, "they have poor relief pitching but their starters and closer are all high-quality guys."

Starters: Start games (e.g.: Clemens, Mussina, Pettite, Wells, Hernendez -- all high-quality guys)
Closers: Come in, in the 8th/9th innings (e.g.: Rivera -- high-quality guy)
Relievers (middle relievers): Come in, in the 6th/7th/8th/ innings (e.g.: Stanton, Lilly, Karsay -- NOT high-quality guys)

Mariano Rivera is one of the top CLOSERS in baseball right now. He pitches the final inning or two when he pitches... but the Yankee's middle relievers are terrible.

GET IT?

As I've said before (post #3), please stick to college football.
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Well even then, Id say the Yankees have a solid relief staff with Mike Stanton and Steve Karsay, with El Duqe and Hitchcock available to come out of the pen. Maybe its not the greatest relief staff in baseball, but with Clemens, Mussina, Pettite, etc starting games, they really arent needed too much
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Old 04-07-2002, 08:18 PM   #10
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Exactly... I said earlier the Yanks are the best despite not having a strong relief core.... but like you said, they really don't need it
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I would have to go with the A's. Their bullpen is strong and so is most of their rotation. I'm not sold on Koch or Lidle yet though...

As for the Yankees relief pitching, it should be one of the top pens in the game as the season progresses.
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I agree the Yankees have the best relief pitchers. Mariano Rivera already has three saves I believe. Arizona with Schilling and Johnson is bad to the bone.
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I said the Yank staff was solid, that might have been an understatement. By saying they arent needed that much, I was just giving due credit to the starters.
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This poll is a good one, but when you ask "Who has the best staff?" It may come across a bit confusing...

Uh Lee, I think Marc is right...

The A's have the best rotation with Zito, Hudson, and Mulder... But they have no 'pen. The Yankkes counter with Mendoza Stanton, and Rivera to close the door in their 'pen. Overall, I give an edge to Bronx' 'pen.

As for Lilly not being great, he'll be a stud starter for the Yankees next year when Clemons retires and Hitchcock and El Duque are traded...

This team's pitching is a bit old, but doesn't have a weak link among the bunch...
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Wow. Lee unleased the whooping stick on Marc. But I dunno, Mark may not know much about hockey, (either do I) but you at least have to admit that he knows baseball.
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