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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sports on Earth: THE BEST PITCHERS AGAINST EACH TEAM

Notes: The second-best pitcher ever against the Rangers was Moe Drabowsky. Drabowsky is probably better known for the pranks he pulled than the pitches he threw. I wrote about Drabowsky in this space a few months back. Here’s part of what I wrote then:

Perhaps the most famous example came when he was playing against the Kansas City A’s in Kansas City. Having played for the A’s, Drabowsky knew the intricacies of the stadium’s bullpen phone system. He also knew the number for the home team’s bullpen. So one day, while A’s starter Jim Nash was pitching a dominant shutout, Drabowsky, seated in the opposing bullpen, summoned his gruffest manager voice, grabbed the bullpen phone and called the A’s pen. “Get Krausse up!” he bellowed, and slammed the phone down. “You should’ve seen them scramble, trying to get Lew Krausse warmed up in a hurry,” Drabowsky said later.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Batman Posted: June 19, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4730999)
Stieb also went 21-5 against the White Sox in his career,

That can't be right. I distinctly remember Stieb beating the White Sox no less than 35 times a year during the 1980's.
   2. mathesond Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:50 PM (#4731063)
I distinctly remember Stieb beating the White Sox no less than 35 times a year during the 1980's.


No wonder they signed him in the 90's
   3. BDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4731067)
Dick Hall and Moe Drabowsky? When I renew my PI subscription next month I'm'a have to find out who the actual best pitchers against the Texas Rangers were. Washington of my infancy is not interesting to me.

Best bullpen story I ever heard was Jim Kern, BTW, talking about one night in Arlington when it was hotter than hell and the pitchers were looking longingly at fans with 64-ounce fountain Cokes. They started trading baseballs even up for huge Cokes and by the eighth inning they were out of baseballs. When the manager ordered a couple of guys to get loose, they had to pantomime their warmup pitches.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:02 PM (#4731070)

Dick Hall and Moe Drabowsky? When I renew my PI subscription next month I'm'a have to find out who the actual best pitchers against the Texas Rangers were. Washington of my infancy is not interesting to me.


From 1972- on, the best ERA (min. 100 IP) is Frank Viola at 2.09 with a 16-5 record in 25 games. Tom Candiotti, Gaylord Perry, and Al Fitzmorris are next.
   5. Chris Fluit Posted: June 19, 2014 at 07:03 PM (#4731073)
Great article. Well worth reading the whole thing.
   6. BDC Posted: June 19, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4731120)
Thanks, AG!
   7. God Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:02 PM (#4731129)
Fun article. As a quick legitimacy check, the first thing I did when clicking on the piece was look and see whether they had Kershaw listed for the Giants. Which they did.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4731132)
How does a guy who tosses in off-topic but entertaining stuff about Moe Drabowsky pick the Unit over Reuschel for the anti-Cubs. C'mon, that write-up writes itself.

Traded off to the Yanks where he got hurt, the Cubs brought Reuschel back for 83-84 but was a (small) part of Green's "we're not the old Cubs anymore" house-cleaning. So all of Reuschel's anti-Cub performance came after that point. 130 IP of a 1.66 ERA? I don't care about Ks or offensive context, you give the nod to the guy the team let go, partly for non-baseball reasons.

Also I actually had no idea Reuschel had dominated the Cubs.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4731136)
I don't care about Ks or offensive context, you give the nod to the guy the team let go, partly for non-baseball reasons.


Its a good article, but I think a more interesting angle is "guys who owned your team, that you wouldn't expect to own anyone." I mean, of course Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens owned teams, but Rick Reuschel???? (underrated, HOM pitcher, but still).
   10. McCoy Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4731141)
I think for a team as old as the Cubs there is no way in hell the best could have only faced the Cubs for around 100 innings. If, like the author, you want to focus heavily on ERA as well then the answer is Harry Brecheen who in 420 innings had a 2.03 ERA and .721 winning %.

Then again Randy was 13-0 against the Cubs in 14 starts. Dwight Gooden was 28-4 in 39 starts and Russ Myer was 24-3 in 37 starts. Warren Spahn has the most wins with 48 in 74 starts. Granted BRef only goes back to 1914.
   11. bobm Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4731166)
[3] For cumulative seasons, From 1972 to 2014, Texas Rangers (within Opponent), (requiring IP_from_outs?90), sorted by greatest Earned Run Average for this split

                                                                                                          
Rk   I              Player Split From   To  G  ERA  W  L W-L% GS GF CG SV    IP   H BB  SO  WHIP  SO9 SO/W
1           Pedro Martinez   TEX 1998 2008 14 1.87 10  2 .833 14  0  0  0  91.1  72 21 113 1.018 11.1 5.38
2             Mike Cuellar   TEX 1972 1976 13 1.94  8  2 .800 11  1  9  0  97.2  83 27  44 1.126  4.1 1.63
3           Rollie Fingers   TEX 1972 1985 51 2.07  3  3 .500  0 41  0 23  95.2  80 19  65 1.035  6.1 3.42
4              Frank Viola   TEX 1982 1993 25 2.09 16  5 .762 25  0  6  0 185.0 160 53 149 1.151  7.2 2.81
5            Tom Candiotti   TEX 1986 1999 15 2.16  7  2 .778 15  0  3  0 100.0  87 27  66 1.140  5.9 2.44
6            Gaylord Perry   TEX 1972 1983 13 2.18  9  4 .692 13  0  6  0 115.1 101 27  69 1.110  5.4 2.56
7            Al Fitzmorris   TEX 1972 1978 22 2.24  8  4 .667 16  1  6  0 132.2 124 45  41 1.274  2.8 0.91
8            James Shields   TEX 2006 2013 13 2.44  7  3 .700 13  0  2  0  96.0  75 13  81 0.917  7.6 6.23
9               Jim Palmer   TEX 1972 1983 30 2.57 13 10 .565 29  0 13  0 227.1 194 62 132 1.126  5.2 2.13
10                Rudy May   TEX 1972 1982 23 2.58  8  2 .800 12  8  4  3 111.2  92 49  73 1.263  5.9 1.49
11     Shigetoshi Hasegawa   TEX 1997 2005 57 2.58  8  5 .615  2 27  0  3  94.1  76 34  54 1.166  5.2 1.59
12          Kirk McCaskill   TEX 1985 1996 31 2.62 10  8 .556 21  4  5  0 154.2 133 44 111 1.144  6.5 2.52
13          Mike Boddicker   TEX 1982 1992 29 2.78 16  5 .762 24  1  4  0 190.2 169 60 125 1.201  5.9 2.08
14          Catfish Hunter   TEX 1972 1979 23 2.79 15  7 .682 23  0 12  0 174.1 148 43  74 1.096  3.8 1.72
15            Ken Holtzman   TEX 1972 1977 17 2.80  6  7 .462 16  1  5  0 106.0  93 36  50 1.217  4.2 1.39
16           Trevor Cahill   TEX 2009 2013 16 2.83  9  4 .692 16  0  0  0 105.0  97 27  59 1.181  5.1 2.19
17              Geoff Zahn   TEX 1977 1984 19 2.87  9  2 .818 19  0  5  0 135.0 137 34  45 1.267  3.0 1.32
18              Dick Drago   TEX 1972 1981 36 2.88  8 10 .444  7 20  3  3 106.1 102 29  58 1.232  4.9 2.00
19              David Cone   TEX 1986 2001 22 2.90 12  3 .800 21  1  4  0 136.1 105 45 119 1.100  7.9 2.64
20              Ron Guidry   TEX 1977 1988 25 2.91 14  6 .700 25  0  5  0 182.1 164 45 120 1.146  5.9 2.67
21            Bart Johnson   TEX 1973 1977 17 2.93  5  3 .625 10  4  4  0  92.0  89 26  53 1.250  5.2 2.04
22             Chris Bosio   TEX 1986 1996 26 2.94 10  5 .667 22  1  3  1 162.0 154 42 100 1.210  5.6 2.38
23              Don Sutton   TEX 1983 1987 14 2.95  7  3 .700 14  0  1  0  97.2  78 19  48 0.993  4.4 2.53
24            Walt Terrell   TEX 1985 1992 14 2.97  6  3 .667 11  1  5  0  94.0  80 26  42 1.128  4.0 1.62
25             Dick Tidrow   TEX 1972 1983 28 2.97  8  2 .800 10 15  2  7 118.0  98 40  60 1.169  4.6 1.50


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/19/2014.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: June 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4731237)
I agree with #10 but didn't feel like going into that detail.

Dwight Gooden was 28-4 in 39 starts

And the "funny" bit is that they shellacked him in his first start against them (3.1 IP and 6 R) and got him good one more time that season (4 IP, 6 R). Of course it was 24 IP and 1 run in his other starts that year and 25-2 after his rookie year.
   13. Matt Welch Posted: June 20, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4731930)
Shouldn't you go with ERA+ here?

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