Originally Posted by dougdirt
I don't think it is really even close. From 97-03, Pedro posted a 213 ERA+ with 1408 IP, 1761 K, 315 BB and a 0.94 WHIP. The final 7 years of his career, Koufax has a 147 ERA+. The final 5 years? A 167 ERA+. Not even close to what Pedro did. Greg Maddux has a darn good stretch from 92-98, but his ERA+ was still just at 190. 1675 innings in that time though.
It isn't close so long as 7 innings is all you expect from a starting pitcher. I know, I know, the conditions of the game in the late 1990 and early 2000s were different than they were in the 1960s, but I do wish some recognition was given to the different workloads that Koufax, Gibson, Marichal, et al, labored under as compared to pitchers 30 years later.
In Koufax's peak season from 1963 through 1966 he pitched 1192 innings compared to 904 innings logged by Pedro in his peak four year run from 1997 through 2000. Sandy went 97-27 during that stretch compared to Pedro's 77-25 mark during his four year stretch. On a per inning basis Pedro was better but the greater workload of Sandy deserves mention.