ESPN posted this image to their Baseball Tonight Facebook page tonight with the caption, “The best pitcher in baseball is ____?” I just want to know how anyone with any knowledge of baseball kept a straight face while creating and then posting this graphic.
I get what they were doing. These are all pitchers who have 4 wins and 0 losses. Which we all know is the end-all-be-all of pitching statistics to determine ability, right? When you look deeper, not only is Lance Lynn not one of the top-5 pitchers in baseball, he’s only the fifth best starter on the Cardinals.
But this is ESPN after all. And that sad part is that everyone knows it.
Last night it was quite active on Twitter and he even got boos in the stadium, the Nationals fans hate Pete Kozma. And all I can do is laugh about it. It’s like, what did Pete Kozma ever do to them? Only got a critical hit to beat them in Game 5 of last season’s National League Divisional Series. That’s not exactly a boo-able offense.
Calling your team whiners? Sure. Calling your star pitcher a fake? Yep. Kicking your backup catcher in the head and ending his career? That too. Spurn their advances for an extension and sign with another team? Nope. Getting a critical hit in a playoff game? No.
If the shoe had been on the other foot and a Nationals player had gotten a hit to finish a massive comeback and win the series, all I could do is tip my cap to that player and the team. They beat us. That’s their job. They didn’t insult us, they didn’t hurt us, they didn’t showboat, they just did their job. So I’m a little confused as to why there is such animosity towards Kozma. It makes no sense to me.