Dave Stewart pitched in the big leagues from 1978 to 1995, going 168-129 with a 3.95 ERA. He won exactly half of his games in a four-year stretch from 1987 to 1990, when he went 84-45 with a 3.20 ERA, averaging 21 wins, 10 complete games, two shutouts and 265 innings pitched a year. He won 20 games each of those seasons.
Stewart, a one-time All-Star, led the league in games started four times, batters faced three times, complete games twice, innings pitched twice, shutouts once and wins once. In the field, he led pitchers in fielding percentage once as well.
In the postseason, he always seemed to perform well. He pitched in 22 games (making 18 starts) and went 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA. He posted sub-3.00 ERA in eight of the 11 seasons he pitched, and sub-2.00 ERAs in four of the Series. He worked in five World Series, walking away with three rings--his postseason accolades include the 1989 Babe Ruth Award, the 1989 World Series MVP Award, the 1990 AL ALCS MVP Award and the 1993 AL ALCS MVP Award. He also won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1990.
Statistically, the righty is similar to Rick Sutcliffe, Kevin Appier, Virgil Trucks, Bob Buhl, Dave Stieb, Mike Flanagan, Bob Forsch, Al Leiter, Andy Benes and Joe Coleman. He actually performed kind of well in Hall of Fame voting, receiving 7.4% of the vote in his first year of eligibility. In his second year, he just missed the cut-off, receiving 4.9%.
The Fan EloRater places him at #250, ahead of Hooks Wiltse, Claude Hendrix and Frank Lary, but behind Rick Rhoden, Firpo Marberry and Brandon Webb.
What do you think about Dave Stewart? Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?