Each week, it seems like we cover a position that has more talent than the previous weeks. This week is simply no exception, as we will cover the pitchers. The week’s format will be a little different, however. Instead of covering five players, we will cover three starting pitchers and three relief pitchers. So far, we’ve gone 8 for 8 as we’ve predicted our entire lineup correctly. Let’s see if we can fill out our scorecard correctly for the ninth straight week!

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Starting Pitchers

  1. Tom Seaver – New York Mets (1967-1977, 1983) The only player in the history of baseball to have on a New York Met cap in Cooperstown must mean something. “The Franchise” had thirteen seasons in which he won at least 15 games. He also was a twelve-time All-Star, a three time National League Cy Young winner, the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year, and won a 1969 World Series.
    Career Stats: 311 wins, 3640 strikeouts, 2.86 ERA, 1.121 WHIP, No hitter on June 16, 1978
  2. Christy Mathewson – New York Giants (1900-1916) On stats alone, Christy Mathewson is not only the best New York pitcher, but also one of the best overall pitchers of all-time. Still, his talents cannot be ignored. He was the inventor of a pitch called “the fadeaway”, now more commonly known as the screwball. He also won more than 30 games four times. He also won a World Series in 1905. He was also inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
    Career Stats: 373 wins (3rd all-time), 2502 strikeouts, 2.13 ERA (8th all-time), 1.059 WHIP (5th all-time), No hitters on July 15, 1901 and June 13, 1905
    Why he’s not higher: He pitched in the “dead ball era”, renowned for when league leaders in home runs would have less than ten home runs. Granted, it’s not his fault he pitched over 100 years ago, but many pitchers today would have been able to have similar stats.
  3. Whitey Ford – New York Yankees (1950-1967) How could we have a list without mentioning one of the best Yankee pitchers of all-time? A player who played all 18 of his seasons in the Bronx, he is still the Yankees career win leader with 236. Ford was a ten-time All-Star, a six-time World Series Champion, a World Series MVP, and the 1961 Cy Young Award winner. He, like the two aforementioned players, was inducted into Cooperstown. He was voted in with his teammate Mickey Mantle in 1974.
    Career Stats: 236 wins, 1956 strikeouts, 2.75 ERA, 1.215 WHIP
    Why he’s not higher: He spent most of his illustrious career in the shadows. When Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961, Whitey Ford went 25-4 with eleven complete games.

Relief Pitchers

  1. Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees (1995-present) What more can be said about Mo that anyone else hasn’t said already? The man is what every manager wants in a closer in the modern game of baseball. Mariano is a ten-time All-Star, a five-time World Champion, and a three-time Major League saves champion. He is 8-1 in with 39 saves to go along with a cool 0.74 ERA in the post season. Five years after he retires, we can count on him being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
    Career Stats: 533 saves, 1017 strikeouts, 2.25 ERA, 1.009 WHIP
  2. John Franco – New York Mets (1990-2004) John Franco was one of the most durable save artists of all-time. Over a 21 year career, Franco pitched for three teams, but his best years were with the Mets. With the Mets, he led the National League in saves three times. He was also a four-time All-Star. This year will be his first year eligible for the Hall of Fame
    Career Stats: 424 saves, 975 strikeouts, 2.89 ERA, 1.333 WHIP
    Why he’s not higher: 99 out of 100 Met fans will agree that although Franco was great, he wasn’t as dominant as Mariano Rivera is.
  3. Goose Gossage – New York Yankees (1978-1983, 1989) Without the Goose, there may never have been a Mariano Rivera, Francisco Rodriguez, etc. He was a dominant closer for 22 years in the majors. He was a nine-time All-Star and won a World Series in 1978. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 2008.
    Career Stats: 310 saves, 1502 strikeouts, 3.01 ERA, 1.232 WHIP
    Why he’s not higher: He, quite simply, is not Mariano Rivera or John Franco.

Fans, what do you think of our lists? Be sure to check out “The Lineup” on MSG at 10:30 PM after the Mets and Yankees’ games to see if our list is right!