a 2.41 ERA as a reliever with 154 saves in essentially 3.5 years as a closer is more than 'very good'. Extended, that's a HOF career as a reliever. He had a few high-3 ERA seasons as a starter, but 209 wins and a 3.40 ERA is pretty damn impressive considering that most of his career came during the greatest offensive era in the history of the game. I don't think it's a stretch to say that he probably would have won at least 280 games had he not spent 5 years out of the rotation due to injury.
Also, Eckersley's career statline as a starter: 149-130 with a 3.71 ERA. Not even close. He may not get in on the first ballot, I don't think there's any doubt that Smoltz is a HOFer. As for Schilling, like I said, the only reason they look similar is because Smoltz spent 5 years either hurt or in the bullpen. They aren't really close.
Last edited by mzh; 01-21-2013 at 01:57 PM.