Recently Jason Marquis won is 4th game of the season beating the Atlanta Braves. So far this season he is 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA on a Nationals team that
is 17-18. He ranks 6th among N.L. pitchers in fewest walks per 9
innings (1.60) and 9th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.714/tie). This win was special because it was the 100th of his career. He is the 5th Jewish pitcher to win 100 games. Ken Holtzman, Sandy Koufax, Steve Stone, and Dave Roberts are the other four. This a big accomplishment for Marquis who could have done this a year earlier had he not been injured for almost the entire season.
Marquis is definitely no Koufax and in fact does not yet compare to Holtzman and Stone both who in their prime were stellar. Although with 8 more wins he will pass Stone on the career wins list and move into 3rd place all-time. But Stone as a Cy Young and Marquis hasn’t been close. (I am open to arguments). So where does the 5 winningest Jewish pitcher of all-time fair against today’s top pitchers?
Roy Halladay - 174 Wins (14 Seasons)
C.C. Sabathia - 160 Wins (11 Seasons)
Mark Buehrle - 150 Wins (12 Seasons)
Barry Zito - 142 Wins (12 Seasons)
Carlos Zambrano - 120 Wins (11 Seasons)
Josh Beckett - 114 Wins (9 Seasons)
Cliff Lee - 104 Wins (10 Seasons)
Jason Marquis - 100 Wins (12 Seasons)
Tim Lincecum - 59 Wins (5 Seasons)
Clayton Kershaw - 30 Wins (4 Seasons)30
This places Marquis somewhere in between Jake Peavy (102 Wins in 10 Seasons) and Carl Pavano (99 Wins in 13 Seasons). Not a bad position to be ranked.
Congrats to Marquis and keep the wins coming.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
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