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One of the most cerebral players in the game. He lacks a single dominant pitch, doesn't have great control, gives up a hit an inning, doesn't hold runners on particularly well, and has always had trouble getting out left-handed hitters, a very unusual trait for a southpaw. With all that, he's been one of baseball's best starters throughout the decade. Glavine's the kind of player who could pitch into his 40's relying on nothing more than savvy and guile. Some might argue he already is.
The Mike Mussina of the National League. Consistently enjoys the largest strike zone I’ve ever seen, and more power to him. Works the outside 5" of the zone masterfully, and seldom, if ever, gives in... The most likely of the big three to implode.
Remains the Atlanta starter most likely to “go Mulholland.” Fair or not, much of Glavine’s success has come from exploiting umpires who call pitches six inches outside “strikes.” The day that pitch becomes a ball again, Glavine loses a big chunk of his value. Not only will he then have to get hitters out in a conventional fashion, but he’ll have to unlearn on the fly a way of pitching he’s grown accustomed to.
Everyone whines about all the help he gets from the umpires, and it’s certainly a valid point. But Glavine is a wonderful pitcher, and what seems to be missed is that he underwent a career transition - a mid-life crisis of sorts - from 1993 to 1995, as his K/BB ratios dropped ominously and his ERA spiked upwards. But he altered his style, becoming more of a groundball pitcher, and he’s pitching as well as he ever has... With 173 wins, four 20-win seasons and 2 Cys, he’s well on target for the Hall of Fame.
An obvious HOFer. Provided a ton of value with any number of peak seasons to choose from. ...
(Side note: everyone points to him getting called strikes two inches off the plate, but his K rate of just 5.3 per 9 doesn't really scream that he was getting an undue amount of strike calls or really succeeding from striking people out; in fact, as I said above, it seems he succeeded _despite_ a mediocre K rate.)
Glavine gave the Mets 14.3 WAR over 5 years as an old pitcher, including 17 excellent innings in the 2006 postseason.
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