Originally Posted by membengal
Greg Maddux in the day, in his prime, could get guys to swing and miss whenever he wanted to. Period. Missing bats is a VERY relevant part of the discussion about how good a pitcher someone is...
Maddux has averaged .687 K's per inning for his career.
Zito has average .764 K's per inning in his career.
Maddux gave up an average of more hits/inning over his career than Zito, although Zito averages more HR's/game than Maddux over his career. . . . so you can look at the #'s any which way you want.
Although those numbers don't seem like a big difference, they really are.
Do I think Zito deserved his contract? Hell no, but he's still a damn good pitcher. He's struggled just about every April in his career and then went on to dominate the rest of the year. Someone even posted these numbers on here. I don't understand why so many people seem to dislike this guy on here.