Friday, May 21, 2010
Jon Lester Is The Greatest Pitcher In MLB History
That is, the best winning percentage for a starting pitcher who has pitched in at least 100 games.
From Gordon Edes:
"In his 100th career start, Lester pushed his winning percentage to .719 (46-18). Since 2006, that has been bettered only by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum (45-17). And Lester now holds the distinction of having the best winning percentage — in history — among pitchers with at least 100 starts."
And now, I thank God even more the Slappy trade was never consummated in late 2003. You may remember that not only was Manny Ramirez going to Texas, but as a literal throw-in, Jon Lester was also heading to Texas for Alex Rodriguez.
Sometimes the best trades are the ones that never happen.