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Thursday, October 25, 2007


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I'll be talking about it for a minute, then I'll move on and repress it deep inside and hopefully it won't resurface in a nightmare ever.

Wow. I never realized how awesome Bob Gibson was.

Beckett? Ok, I guess. ;-)

Paul, I appreciate the comps but I'd rather see Beckett without 2003 included - both because he wasn't a member of the Sox then, it artificially leaves out the other 2003 starts, and this post-season should stand on it's own.

What's the list of most dominating post-seasons look like? Becks has to be in the top 3 of the Wild Card Era. His ALCS and Series so far should put him in the top 5 of the LCS Era. And, if he has another Series start like the last, he'd have to be in the discussion of the best WS ever. Of course, the greatest Series pitchers would probably have started three games :)

Where does Schilling's post season career with the Sox fall? I really think we have not only one of the best postseason aces of all time, but also the best 1-2 postseason punch in a loooong time. It's an embarrassment of riches, really. Hee.

I think Curt Schilling's 2001 would have to be up there (4-1, 1.12 ERA in six starts, no game score below 67).

Then you have John Smoltz's 1996 (4-1, 0.95 ERA, no game score below 63).

Orel Hersheiser's 1988 (3-0 in six games, five starts, 1.05 ERA, no game score below 57).

And finally, Kenny Rogers' 2006 (3-0, 0.00 ERA, no game score below 75.

Add Josh Beckett, and you've got your top five.

1. Smoltz, 1996
2. Schilling, 2001
3. Beckett, 2007
4. Rogers, 2006
5. Hersheiser, 1988

That's probably how I'd rank them. If Beckett does more of the same in Game 5, he'd have a case to be better than Schilling and Smoltz because he would actually have won all his starts, even with the slightly higher ERA.

I got a little overenthusiastic with that last post. Koufax and Gibson would have alot to say about the Series with a few more folks in their discussion (Matthewson, Drysdale)

But for the LDS and LCS combo, he's right up there. Schilling in 2001 was as dominant.

Ha! Nice.

Apropos of nothing, Mike Scott's 1986 NLCS was nasty: 2 GS, 18 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 19 K.

Also in the discussion for the Wild Card era:

Unit's 2001:
5-1, 41 IP, 25 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 47 K and that includes his 1.1 IP in relief in Game 7 after throwing 7 IP one day earlier in Game 6.

We'll be talking about it for eons... unless something happens in Game 5 akin to what happened when the Rockies were in Fenway in June. Unlikely, but possible.

Beckett's 2003 starts are totally relevant when discussing personal accomplishment in the post.

The only thing I would amend is that game score isn't really relevant when talking about post, but it is fascinating to watch a pitcher at the top of his game, in the most demanding situation (at least as far as the fan would describe). Beckett is a marvel.

the most dominant post-season starter...don 'bout that paulie....

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