A #1 pitcher is not the first pitcher of the pitching staff, he is among the Top 5-10 elite pitchers in the league.
An ace is best pitcher of the pitching staff in my eyes.
Sure its a such thing
just like its a 'superstar' or 'allstar' in NBA
Its like saying a 'go to guy/scorer' or 'whos clutch'
its pretty much same but just slight diff....a ace is over or equal to no.1 just like a allstar could be a superstar and go to guy/scorer could be clutch,or just a scorer who comes up short in clutch,but not afraid to take shot from being the go to scorer in late games
w-l record and contending i guess seperates a superstar vs allstar title,just like it would a ace vs no1 starter,but what do i know,im just assuming
I just think it makes sense that a #1 pitcher would be a teams number one. He may not be on a good team, but he is technically a number one. I guess it depends on if you say he is that teams number one or he is A number one.
And ace to me sounds like a guy thy would be at the top on most rotations. But I haven't talked too much bout it.
You have no idea how excited I am right now.
The term "ace of the staff" leads me to believe that each team has (at least) one.
All squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares.
There are no men like me, only me.
If James Shields is your #1, you're likely a bad team. Hes a good #3 or a solid #2. Peavy is right there with him. To me Cain is more a #1 than an ace too.
Matt Cain, not an ace?
Definitions in baseball change as quickly as statistics do. There seems to be a new one every week. People can define ace in any way they like. Some will think it means an elite starting pitcher while others will think it means a team's best pitcher. None of us are wrong. It can be looked at in different ways.