Sunday, April 12, 2009

New HOF Poll: National League Pitchers

The results of the first poll are in, and it was a tie between Mark Teixeira and Miguel Cabrera among AL hitters. The next poll is National League pitchers. I excluded Johan Santana because I felt he was the most obvious choice. I also excluded young candidates such as Cole Hamels and Tim Lincecum because they have not yet pitched five seasons. Thus, four candidates emerged:

1) Jake Peavy: 87 wins, 2007 Cy Young winner, 2 All-Star appearances

2) Brandon Webb: 87 wins, 2006 Cy Young winner and runner up in 2007 and 2008, 3 All-Star appearances

3) Carlos Zambrano: 97 wins, 3 All-Star appearances, two-time Silver Slugger, no-hitter in 2008

4) Roy Oswalt: 129 wins, 3 All Star appearances

To this author, none of these four are a slam-dunk candidate for the Hall at this time. I also considered adding Tim Hudson to this poll (146-77, 3.48 career ERA), but with his Tommy John surgery I am hesitant to predict the future for him. Of these four, Brandon Webb seems to be the most likely to continue improving his game. Both Peavy and Oswalt have taken a step back in recent years, and Zambrano is volatile.

So this should be an interesting poll. Vote early and vote often.

1 comment:

  1. As of today, Oswalt. He has been very consistent since 2001. Peavy has been very up and down in his career.