Originally Posted by pythons007
I'm still not understanding the comparison to Smoltz and Eckersley. Eckersley as a starter (13 seasons) had one 20 game win season and one additional of 15 or more. Smoltz had one 24 game win season five 15 or more (14 seasons). He was 58 games over .500
If you cherry pick Eck's best years as a closer 51 48 45 for 144 saves. Smoltz as a closer for the 3 consecutive years had 55 45 44 for 144 saves. Someone already stated that in 3 consecutive years only 2 other closers have done this. To call him a good closer is insane. He was THE best closer when he was closing.
Smoltz made the All-Star team 8 times 1 CY Young as a starter
Eckersley made the All-Star team 6 times 1 CY Young/MVP both as a reliever. I can't express how much it pisses me off that a RP wins a MVP let alone a CY Young.
Eck had an ERA under 1 though, he was the GOAT in my opinion for a few years there, even including Mariano, who is the best overall careerwise.