Re: #1 All-Time Greatest Pitcher
If it's one game, with the guy at the peak of his prime, I'll take Pedro Martinez circa 2000.
It's hard with the older guys to appropriately account for the proper context. The pre WWII guys with the shallower talent pool and frequent cheating via scuffing, etc., Koufax with the dead ball and higher mound, etc.
Pedro was absolutely insanely dominant in a homer friendly era in a hitter's park.
217 IP (7.5 IP/GS), 1.74 ERA (285 ERA+), 284 K (11.8 K/9), 0.74 WHIP.
Attitude wise on the mound, Pedro is probably as close as you'll get to a Bob Gibson -- just ask Jose Guillen.
BTW - to me, when you are talking about the "greatest of all-time" you are referring to their absolute peak skills. It's not "greatest career" in which it would be hard to refute Clemens, but the best if you took them at their best. For what it's worth, Bob Gibson's 1968 season, once adjusted for context, is pretty much worse than Pedro's 2000 in every way.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 04-12-2006 at 12:43 PM.