I will, for fun, post my top-5 in each league 1st
1. Tim Lincecum - Nevermind that I'm a Giants fan, the argument here isn't "How is he the #1 pitcher?" but instead, "How is he not?"
2. Dan Haren - Has been dominant all season, ridiculous ERA along witha 9-5 record, 129 K's, and has been pitching lights-out since 2007
3. Chris Carpenter - Flat-out dominant from 2004 to 2006, he's been slowed down by injuries the last couple of years, but seems to be back in form this season, and although he could be lower in my top-5, I feel just fine placing him here.
4. Johan Santana - You say "Wait! WHAT?!?!?! " So I ask you to remember that before his struggles this season, he was arguably the most dominant pitcher in the game. Look at his numbers throughout the years: NASTY. Still has managed to win 10 games this season (vs 7 losses), a 3.09 ERA, and a .232 BA against among other impressive stats. Furthermore, in a playoff series, you bet your ass you'd wanting him in your rotation.
5. This one was tough: have to choose between Matt Cain, Yovani Gallardo, and Josh Johnson. I'll go with Cain, whose career numbers should be alot better, but aren't because of lack of run-support the past 2 seasons. With run support this season, he's show how dominant he can be, going 10-2 at the AS break.
Honorable mention to: Gallardo, Johnson, Adam Wainwright
1. Roy Halladay - Year after year, simply dominates, it's just too bad the Jays never make the playoffs.
2. Josh Beckett - Having another great year, not only is he filthy but also proven in playoff situations. Similar to Halladay, I really don't feel like I have to make a case here.
3. Felix Hernandez - Quickly becoming one of the best pitchers in the game, after having a disappointing season last year he's comeback slimmer, nastier, and more determined. The King is 9-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 121 K's this season, earning him an All-Star bid
4. Justin Verlander - Forget last year, the whole Tigers organization was downright awful! (Remember how they were supposed to be in the WS?) Verlander is back in form, gassing the fastball, and working fools with his breaking stuff. 55-38 for his career, but again, take away last year and that record is actually 44-21.
5. Zack Greinke - Because he's been too much of a great story this season to be left off this list. It's not like he doesn't deserve it either, his ERA finally went over 2 like a couple of weeks ago (and is currently sitting at 2.12), 129K's to 21 BB (read that again, now read it again, get it, comprehend it, ok now stop drooling and continue reading), oh yeah, and he's 10-5 this season, tied for 2nd most in the AL.
Your turn zoners
[ Edited by Conejo on Jul 12, 2009 at 12:57 PM ]