10 best MLB pitchers when you need a win (Sunday column)


 

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday! It’s that time again, time for my column and today we are talking pitchers – who’d you start in a “win or go home” situation?

Say it’s game 7 of the World Series and it’s your favorite team’s championship on the line. What current MLB pitcher would you want starting that game for your team? Would it be the guy with the best ERA? Best playoff record? Most wins?

It’s a tough call, for sure. There are all kinds of variables in reality such as what team you are playing against, righty or lefty, the ballpark you are playing at, you name it, any given circumstance can give any team an advantage at anytime. So look at this list this way, if you closed your eyes and thought, “One game, it’s do or die,” what current pitcher would you see in your head? Who would you feel most comfortable with on the mound?

That’s the way I looked at this list. No scenarios, no ifs, ands, or buts, just a pitcher on the mound who would give your team the best chance to win.

Personally I did take a couple things into account such as playoff experience, demeanor and this year’s statistics after my initial first and second picks for the list. A player can be having a good year but have a terrible playoff history or no experience in high pressure situations at all. I went with my gut.

Here are the top 10 pitchers I would want on the mound for my team when you absolutely have to get that one win. Don’t like my choices? Join the conversation. Leave a comment and suggest your own!

I will give you my first five pitchers – so technically numbers 10-6 but no explanations. So to hear my reasoning and find out who I put in my top five you have to read the rest of my column by clicking the link below:

MLB: 10 best pitchers when you need a win

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Numbers 10 through 6 are as follows: 10. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s 9. David Price, Detroit Tigers 8. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox 7. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers 6. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers … to find out the rest you gotta click on the link!

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