Last night I was listening to MLBN as they were covering the west coast games. Now, I don’t expect to hear many Rhodes scholar comments, but at least their crew is better than BBTN on ESPN. But Mitch Williams said something that gave me painful memories of Steve Phillips on ESPN.

They showed a large screen comparison of Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson, showing their career W/L, IP, ERA, BAA,  and WHIP. Here’s how that looked:

Roy Halladay: 158-84, 2200 IP, 3.36 ERA, .257 BAA, 1.19 WHIP

Tim Hudson: 158-83, 2194 IP, 3.42 ERA, .250 BAA, 1.25 WHIP

Pretty similar, right? Nearly identical numbers across the board. But we’re comparing arguably the best pitcher in baseball to Tim Hudson. Even someone like Mitch Williams knows there really is no comparison, right? RIGHT?

Wrong. Wiliams got out to a good start by saying Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. But then he nose dived into the deep end. Rather than simply saying Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball and Hudson doesn’t compare, he used the numbers shown by MLBN to state Tim Hudson is an ace and also one of the very best pitchers in baseball.

Don’t get me wrong, Hudson is a good pitcher. But saying he is on Halladay’s level is a completely moronic statement. I know Williams doesn’t know anything about advanced statistics, but Halladay kills Hudson in WAR, FIP, xFIP, tERA, K/9, BB/9, and they have a similar HR/9. Halladay is just better. You don’t even need advanced stats to realize that. Halladay is universally considered a top pitcher in the game. Hudson- not so much. Halladay was and is a pitcher that every team would covet in a trade, not Hudson. Halladay is the guy who is always in the Cy Young race, not Hudson.

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