Originally Posted by brm7675
Because both are young and are pitchers who have already shown they can pitch and pitch very well on the major league level. Yes both are still probably a season or so away from being 17+ win a year pitchers, but their upside is so far ahead of Homer right now it's not funny. Rememeber Greg Maddux wasn't a hard thrower, he knew "how" to pitch and the same can be said for Cliff Lee and others. It's great if you can throw 95+, but if you can't get hitters out what good is it and as of now Homer has not shown the ability to do it on a consistant basis...
With all due respect there is no way you can compare Leake to Maddux. From a pitching skillset I guess you can compare him, but Greg Maddux is pretty much without argument, the best location pitcher of all time. After success he got even more calls in his favor. I'm not saying Leake isn't going to be a good pitcher, but I'm not sold that he's a top of the rotation pitcher.