The Panthers went from 15-1 and reigning NFC champions to the ultimate Super Bowl hangover in 2016, going 6-10 and finishing last in the NFC South. They are trying to recover and rebound in the right way: offensively.
Dennis Leonard: The forgotten ace of the late 1970s and early 1980s Royals, Leonard won just 14 more games after his age-31 season. It’s not difficult to see one of these columns being Cheap Jerseys Direct NBA pecked out for Leonard around 1980.
Claude Osteen: Like Scherzer, Osteen came to the majors highly touted and needed several years to make good. He later won 20 games twice for the Dodgers, making three National League All-Star teams, though his 196-195 career record and 3.30 lifetime ERA are fairly pedestrian for the years he pitched and the teams for which he played.
Bob Friend: To sum extent, Friend’s an example of the misleading nature of the win-loss statistic, going 28-50 for some dreadful Pirates teams as a young pitcher in the 1950s. Later, his Bucs — and his win totals — each improved, though Friend’s case suffered more with him winning just 44 games after his age-31 season. He’s fondly remembered for his role on some superb Pirates teams, including the 1960 world championship club, for which he went 18-12, but that’s the closest he’ll come to Cooperstown.
Anything can happen in baseball. A pitcher ruling the game can be a forgotten man because of injuries or other factors in just a couple of short years. It’s clear, of course, that Scherzer is in a class all his own as of this writing, maybe baseball’s best pitcher at the moment. Hopefully for Scherzer and his National League East-leading Nationals, he thrives for many seasons to come.