Probably the most dominant individual performance in a team sport ever.  20 strikeouts.  1 hit, an infield hit off the glove of Kevin Orie that just as easily could have been ruled an error.  The  best Game Score for a 9 inning game ever.  All against a Houston team that went 102-60 and featured Bags, Biggio, Alou, Bell.  Only one of the 20 strikeouts was vs the opposing pitcher.  

The first K to Biggio, that fastball literally explodes
Bagwell absolutely turned to jelly at 0:53
A wiffeball slider vs Derek Bell for #20

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Kerry Wood and Mark Prior oh where have all the good ones gone?? 

Wood had one magical season and was never heard from again.  He's the 50HR version of Brady Anderson.  

Prior was decent until injuries took their toll.   One of the most dominant college pitchers ever. 

Wood was basically a .500 pitcher and unfortunately the hype didn't match the performance beyond one season. 

 

 

Tschmack posted:

Wood had one magical season and was never heard from again.  He's the 50HR version of Brady Anderson.  

Prior was decent until injuries took their toll.   One of the most dominant college pitchers ever. 

  

I'd argue that your descriptions are completely backwards.  

Wood's rookie year was very very good.  And, after missing 99, he had solid years  in 2001-2003, and he had solid years as a relievers especially his last two with Chicago.  For sure, he didn't approach his rookie year again, but he pitched 14 years in total, and was solid for much of it.  

Whereas Prior is far more the pitcher you described Wood as.  One amazing year his second year, followed by 3 injury plagued seasons (with a decent 2005 in there) and he was out of baseball completely by the age of 25.

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