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Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux .. best staff ever?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. With the Braves having severed ties to the final link to the great staff of the 1990s - and to keep from further raging about the Pirates trading Nate McClouth (FUCK ME! When is kickoff?) - was the Braves staff of Smoltz, Glavine, Maddux and Avery (those one or two years he kicked ass) the best ever? Best of the modern era or just top five?
    Yeah Milwaukee was pretty good with Spahn, Sain and Burdette.

  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The four 20-game winners with Baltimore in the early 70s, not bad either.
  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    1951 Indians were not that shabby with Wynn, Lemon, Garcia and Feller.
    1966 Dodgers had Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen and Sutton.

    A fourth starter as strong as Avery makes that Braves team compare with almost any rotation. You have three HOFs and one young stud. Not too many rotations can match that.

    If you factor in bullpens, the 1986 Mets look pretty strong, but not in the class of these other teams.
  4. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    Three pitchers who averaged 290 career wins... in this day and age?

    No, no one close, to me.
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    That is the first group I thought of also.
  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I would argue the Tigers 2003 team of Bonderman and Maroth who combined for something like 39 losses would be shoe-ins.
  7. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    How about the 1980 A's who had their arms destroyed by Billy Martin?

    Over 1,200 innings from five pitchers and 83 complete games.
  8. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Sorry, but Palmer, Cuellar, McNally and Dobson each won 20 in the same season.

    End of thread.
  9. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    1971, when the Pirates, with zero 20-game winners, won the World Series.
    In a related matter, I understand it's my problem, but I have trouble forgiving the Braves for repeated postseason failures with the aforementioned staff.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    blame the bullpen
  11. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    But the bullpen is part of the staff. I know it's a technicality.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Also don't forget Kent Mercker, the No. 5 starter, who would've been a No. 2 or 3 on many staffs.
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