Eddie
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Eddie asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

What exactly is an Ace and can a team have more than one?

I been watching baseball more and more this past year and been watching Lee against the Dodgers and against the Yankees and it is a thing of beauty to watch this kid pitch. Anyway I am assuming that he is the Phillies Ace and I believe Hamel was their ace last year.

What exactly is an ace? is it their best pitcher? and can a team have more than one ace? and do some team do not have what they call an ace.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    An ace essentially is the teams number 1 pitcher, the one man on the rotation who will go out every game and pitcher his @$$ off. In addition, aces are usually preferred to start crucial games, sometimes on three days rest (much like C.C did last year for the Brewers during the last stretch of the season). Teams can have more than one Ace on a team although usually they aren't referred to as Ace's unless both pitcher have more than 17 wins and similar numbers in innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP and other stats. Three great examples of teams having more than one "ace" are the 2005 Boston Red Sox, who had Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling, the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks who had Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling and the Braves from 1992 - 2002 when they had Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.

    Because sports broadcasters and journalists refer to the number 1 pitcher of every team as an ace, every team is considered to have at least one, however there are several teams who's number 1 pitcher I wouldn't consider an ace, ex. the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, etc.

  • jeter
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    1 decade ago

    an Ace is a pitcher that is a teams number one. he will get the most wins. normally an ace can cost you money. but you get what you pay for. Hamel's was the Phillie's ace last year and now its lee. you can have more than one like the red sox have Beckett and lester. the Yankees have sabathia and injured ching ming wang.... etc. some teams might not have an ace like lower paid clubs that usually get their pitching through prospects.

  • 1 decade ago

    An ace is a teams number one pitcher. First man in the rotation. An yes a team can have more than one ace. For instance Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright were both aces for the Cardinals this year.

  • 4 years ago

    Wins are a team accomplishment, no longer a pitching accomplishment. CC does no longer pitch against the Yankees. Felix does and crushed the Yankees. thrice. 2 completes video games. two times interior the Bronx. Felix almost no-hit first place Texas final evening and CC desires 2 possibilities to get 20 wins against woebegone final place Baltimore. with out 20 wins, CC isn't in any of the appropriate categories. CC is disappointingly nonetheless over 3.00 era this previous due interior the 12 months. Wins and Losses are contemplated from the team, no longer the pitcher. The 12-11 pitcher is better to the 20-6 pitcher this 12 months. Cy youthful is for the terrific pitcher throughout the 12 months, no longer the checklist. it fairly is needed and the writers would be searching for all of the sides of pitching with wins having severely much less impact than in previous years. each and every of the professionals pronounced Zack Greinke could no longer win the award with sixteen wins. Tim L with 15 wins. seem what occurred. My vote is on Felix. BTW, fee become no longer charged with the loss because of the fact Rodney purely blew the save. Now fee would not get the loss. it fairly is yet another section it is so deceptive on the topic of wins and losses with 3 or 4 pitchers in a pastime. how many video games did the Mariners bullpen blow costing Felix the win? Many followers are nonetheless indignant that Bartolo Colon gained the Cy youthful rather of Johan Santana because of the fact of wins whilst the bullpen blew maximum of video games for Santana.

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