Originally Posted by Lip Man 1
At various times in the 1950's, Billy led the American League in the following categories:
Threw four one hitters, made seven All Star selections, started three All Star Games. Two time Sporting News pitcher of the year.
Mark is a very good consistent pitcher, but he's no Billy Pierce...who should be in the Hall of Fame.
The only thing separating Pierce and Buehrle is Pierce's 1955 season. Sure, Pierce's 1952 season, for example, looks better to the naked eye with a 2.57 ERA, but let's consider the era. That resulted in an era+ of 142, comparable to Buehrle's 2005 season when he had a 147 era+ despite an ERA more than half a run higher. Pierce's 1958 season with a 2.68 ERA compares to Buehrle's 2000 - 140 for Buehrle and 137 for Pierce. Buehrle has had nine 120 era+ season vs. only six for Pierce. Buehrle has nothing comparable to Pierce's 1955 season though.