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Posted: Wed September 9, 1998
Here's what SI's Michael Farber had to say about the intriguing three-horse race:
"We can think of compelling reasons that favor each of the front-runners: Pedro Martinez (sent Rolex watches last week to his former manager and coaches in Montreal as a token of appreciation) and Roger Clemens (hit balls to his sons on the field after the game last Thursday').
"The serious, break-out-your-calculator stuff? ... If you took a snapshot last Saturday night, Clemens had a minuscule edge, though New Yorkers might argue that Yankees lefthander David Wells, who was 17-2 with a perfect game, might make this whole thing an exercise in rock-paper-scissors. Martinez left after giving up three runs in seven innings last Thursday in a game Boston would lose to the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings, but Clemens trumped him with his 18th victory on Saturday, also 4-3. Clemens allowed two runs on three hits and struck out 11 in eight innings, tying Martinez and three otherts for the major league lead in wins; moving eight strikeouts ahead of Martinez, with a league-high 227; lowering his ERA to 2.62, also a league best and 0.09 better than his rival; and whittling his opponents' batting average to a puny .192, a comfortable .026 ahead of Martinez's. Martinez, who at 18-4 has two fewer losses, is a close second in almost all these categories, nothing a shutout can't rearrange. Wells, meanwhile, is fifth in the league in ERA at 3.22, but he has more complete games (seven) and shutouts (five) than the other two contenders. With four or five starts left for each, the only thing certain is that 28 voting baseball writers can't take Pedro and the points."
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