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…at least in one respect—wins.
It’s About the Money, Stupid published a lengthy post today about the pitchers of the decade, showing the leaders in various pitching categories for the years 2001–2010. C.C. Sabathia topped Roy Halladay for the most wins in the decade, 157 to 156, earning 40 of those victories in just his past two seasons with New York.
Jack Morris, whose 161 wins led the decade 1981-1990, has been famously touted by his Hall of Fame supporters as the most dominant pitcher of the ’80s on this basis, discounting the role that run support and durability—not necessarily marks of greatness—played in his accomplishment.
Morris ranks just 33rd in the decade with an ERA+ of 108, tied with such pitchers as Britt Burns and Steve Rogers; Morris trailed far behind the leader, Roger Clemens, who had an ERA+ of 147.
Sabathia fares a little better in his decade than Morris, tying for 20th with an ERA 22 percent better than the league. Although Sabathia, who failed to clinch the AL pennant for Cleveland in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS, has yet to record a signature postseason victory like Morris’s Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, he already has one thing Morris could never claim: a Cy Young Award.
And unless Sabathia chooses to opt out of his Yankees contract after 2011, he also has five more seasons in pinstripes to add to his resume.