Major Leaguers Think Phillies Pitchers are Overrated

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Hey, let’s kick the Phillies while they’re down, eh?

In a poll just released by, 227 MLB players were surveyed and asked to choose the most overrated pitcher in baseball. Four Phillies made the top 15.

The list:

1) C.J. Wilson

2) A.J. Burnett

3) Josh Beckett

4) John Lackey

5) Jonathan Papelbon

6) Tim Lincecum

7) Barry Zito

8) Ubaldo Jimenez

9) Stephen Strasburg

10) Joba Chamberlain

11) Cliff Lee

12) Carlos Zambrano

13) Roy Halladay

14) Aroldis Chapman 

15) Cole Hamels

This is an odd list, because most of these guys could double as the best pitchers in baseball. Some, like Burnett, Zito and Chapman make sense– guys made famous for a particular pitch or early-career success. But Halladay? Lincecum? Halladay has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last decade, and few thought Lincecum was overrated during the Giants' World Series run in 2010. 

Phillies: Hamels was one of only three pitchers in baseball with a WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched) under one last season. At one point about two weeks ago, Lee had the best ERA in baseball since last June 1. Papelbon, while undoubtedly overblown and disdained from afar, has been nothing but perfect when presented with save situations this season.

In fact, many of these guys were key pieces to a World Series championship in the last decade: Beckett, Hamels, Papelbon, Lincecum, (even) Burnett, and Lackey. And both Lee and Wilson were the aces on World Series runner-ups.

While some players belong here, the list seems more like These Are The Pitchers I’m Most Tired of Hearing About.

Of course, as Charlie says, the Phillies don't scare nobody anymore.


7 Responses

  1. to almost everyone, Cole Hamels is considered the “third best pitcher on his team.” How is that over rated?? CJ Wilson definitely desreves the top spot though.

  2. “These Are The Pitchers I’m Most Tired of Hearing About”
    I think it’s more “These are the pitchers who make me sad because they make more money than I do.”

  3. Who cares?
    227 players is barely even a good sample size. How many were NL and how many were AL? Have they faced the guys a fair amount of times?
    Overrated is purely a personal opinion that has no bearing on anything. Who cares about the opinion of 227 random MLB players.

  4. I’ve been waiting 5 hours for your next piece today, and this is what I get?
    You’re welcome for the 300 clicks during that downtime.

  5. I saw this and said pretty much the same exact thing. I could actually see Lee in some cases but Halladay has won two Cy Youngs and a HOFer, Lincecum has been scary his entire career except this season and Hamels is underrated.
    Strasberg is the next big pitcher in baseball. He’s going to be scary once he matures. Then there’s Beckett, who has won two WS rings and a solid pitcher who has never been overly pumped. Zito hasn’t been big in years but still a reliable 3-4 man in the rotation.
    How is Big Z on the list? Everyone knows he isn’t that good. Sure he’s hit 24 homers but that doesn’t mean a damn thing.
    Paps is overrated, just like every closer not named Mariano Rivera. Mo is the last good closer in baseball history.
    Why is Joba even on this list? Do people even know he still exists? And Burnett sucks.
    So the only truly “overrated” pitchers on that list are Wilson, Lackey, Paps, Ubaldo and Aroldis.

  6. Kind of wonder what they’re basing this on? Guys they can hit, guys they can figure out, guys that can’t win the big one, guys that make too much money? There is no consistency to the names since they are some of the best pitchers in baseball with WS MVPs and Cy Young winners. SMH

  7. Who cares,Phillies suck,forward march to Eagles training camp.

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