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!