But the Hall of Fame standard for starting pitchers is going to be far different for Sale’s generation than Brown’s or even Santana’s. 14 strikeouts per walk and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings and collecting 12.6 in WAR over 667 1/3 innings. Even with the modified standards for 21st-century Hall of Fame starting pitchers, Wainwright is almost surely the longest of long shots. More importantly for Sale, Wainwright authored a tutorial on how to pick up where one left prior to Tommy John surgery. Can a rebuilt elbow help Sale turn a quintet into a sextet, and turn his Hall of Fame pursuit from a regret-tinged what-if to a far surer thing?
Source: Forbes March 29, 2020 03:57 UTC