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We asked you for your favorite hitters and pitchers during the Steroid Era, and you didn't disappoint. When it came to hitters, you chose Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. as the cream of the crop. As for your favorite Steroid Era pitchers, you selected two ends of the pitching-style spectrum in Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson. Now, if you had to choose a squad in a seven game series, which one would you choose: the one with Bonds and Griffey or Maddux and Johnson? Vote below! ⚾

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Like most team sports, winning in baseball comes down to scoring more points than the other team. If you were building a squad of Steroid Era hitters, you can't go wrong by putting Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. on the same squad.

Barry Bonds is statistically the most intimidating hitter to ever play. He is the all-time leader in intentional walks and there is good reason for that. He has the all-time for career home runs and led the league in OPS+ for nine years. Greg Maddux, the pitcher the Tylt audience chose for the other team, said Bonds was the easiest player to pitch because you could just walk him when the at-bat mattered. That's respect.

Ken Griffey Jr. would also add some serious danger to any pitcher he faced, knocking out 630 home runs in his career with one of the sweetest swings ever. Both he and Bonds were also Gold Glove-caliber defenders in their primes and could snatch anything hit in the outfield if all they had were replacement-level pitchers.

Scoring is how you win games in baseball and there are no two players from the Steroid Era that brought more pop to a lineup than Bonds and Griffey. It's a no-brainer taking these two in a seven-game series against any elite pitchers.

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Scoring is how winners are determined in baseball, but preventing other teams from scoring might be even more important than scoring yourself. That's why hot pitching is the key to postseason success year after year. That's why a pitching staff led by Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson would be a wiser choice in a seven-game series.

Randy Johnson was one of the most intimidating pitchers ever on the mound. He has a blistering fastball and a disgusting slider that kept the best hitters off balance. His powerful arsenal of pitches resulted in him leading the league in strikeouts per nine innings nine times in his career. And in the biggest series, he shows up. In his three World Series appearances, he logged 17.1 innings and allowed two earned runs. That cancels out elite hitting any day.

Making up the other half of the double-ace staff on this team is Greg Maddux, who used saavy and pinpoint accuracy to get players out. He finished his career with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.14 career WHIP. He never ran up the speed gun, but he frustrated every hitter he faced.

Scoring wins games, but pitching wins championships. You would be a fool not to chose a squad with Johnson and Maddux to win four games in a seven-game series.

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