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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
18 457 2697.7 171 139 6 4.08 21.4
Birth Date6-21-1956
Height6' 7"
Weight215 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1976 LAN MLB 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 .235 89 3.6 1.8 0.0 5.4 36% .154 .134 0.60 2.05 0.00 100 3.78 102.3 0.0
1978 LAN MLB 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .261 92 10.8 5.4 0.0 0.0 80% .286 .284 1.80 6.22 0.00 109 4.73 110.3 -0.0
1979 LAN MLB 39 30 242.0 17 10 0 217 97 117 16 .255 101 8.1 3.6 0.6 4.4 39% .256 .237 1.30 3.81 3.46 116 4.71 106.8 1.2
1980 LAN MLB 42 10 110.0 3 9 5 122 55 59 10 .255 97 10.0 4.5 0.8 4.8 44% .307 .285 1.61 4.38 5.56 123 5.85 123.6 -1.4
1981 LAN MLB 14 6 47.0 2 2 0 41 20 16 5 .251 95 7.9 3.8 1.0 3.1 54% .235 .277 1.30 4.78 4.02 121 5.39 118.5 -0.5
1982 CLE MLB 34 27 216.0 14 8 1 174 98 142 16 .266 100 7.2 4.1 0.7 5.9 40% .252 .240 1.26 3.75 2.96 107 4.06 100.2 2.4
1983 CLE MLB 36 35 243.3 17 11 0 251 102 160 23 .266 101 9.3 3.8 0.9 5.9 44% .296 .282 1.45 4.07 4.29 99 3.94 98.1 3.3
1984 CHN 0 20 20 150.3 16 1 0 123 39 155 9 .257 103 7.4 2.3 0.5 9.3 48% .286 .224 1.08 2.31 2.69 0 0.00 83.6 0.0
1984 CLE 0 15 15 94.3 4 5 0 111 46 58 7 .268 99 10.6 4.4 0.7 5.5 50% .330 .291 1.66 4.01 5.15 0 0.00 91.9 0.0
1985 CHN MLB 20 20 130.0 8 8 0 119 44 102 12 .250 101 8.2 3.0 0.8 7.1 49% .276 .243 1.25 3.33 3.18 86 3.55 94.5 2.6
1986 CHN MLB 28 27 176.7 5 14 0 166 96 122 18 .253 110 8.5 4.9 0.9 6.2 46% .281 .252 1.48 4.34 4.64 116 6.05 124.2 -1.4
1987 CHN MLB 34 34 237.3 18 10 0 223 106 174 24 .257 106 8.5 4.0 0.9 6.6 51% .283 .248 1.39 4.11 3.68 96 3.73 87.4 5.4
1988 CHN MLB 32 32 226.0 13 14 0 232 70 144 18 .255 102 9.2 2.8 0.7 5.7 47% .296 .259 1.34 3.42 3.86 98 3.92 102.1 2.9
1989 CHN MLB 35 34 229.0 16 11 0 202 69 153 18 .255 105 7.9 2.7 0.7 6.0 50% .264 .239 1.18 3.28 3.66 90 3.31 90.8 4.7
1990 CHN MLB 5 5 21.3 0 2 0 25 12 7 2 .262 105 10.5 5.1 0.8 3.0 45% .303 .287 1.73 5.06 5.91 125 6.02 123.5 -0.2
1991 CHN MLB 19 18 96.7 6 5 0 96 45 52 4 .261 106 8.9 4.2 0.4 4.8 47% .287 .259 1.46 3.65 4.10 116 5.54 118.6 -0.3
1992 BAL MLB 36 36 237.3 16 15 0 251 74 109 20 .267 97 9.5 2.8 0.8 4.1 39% .286 .269 1.37 3.99 4.47 108 5.27 112.4 -0.9
1993 BAL MLB 29 28 166.0 10 10 0 212 74 80 23 .266 102 11.5 4.0 1.2 4.3 42% .326 .297 1.72 5.28 5.75 117 6.13 117.3 -1.0
1994 SLN MLB 16 14 67.7 6 4 0 93 32 26 11 .259 99 12.4 4.3 1.5 3.5 39% .331 .308 1.85 5.92 6.52 131 7.38 131.2 -1.0
1984 TOT MLB 35 35 244.7 20 6 0 234 85 213 16 .262 101 8.6 3.1 0.6 7.8 48% .306 .252 1.30 2.96 3.64 73 3.16 86.8 5.5
CareerMLB4573922697.71711396266210811679236.2591028.93.60.85.645%.285.2591.393.914.081034.51104.021.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1976 LAN MLB 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 .235 89 3.6 1.8 0.0 5.4 36% .154 .134 0.60 2.05 0.00 100 3.78 102.3
1978 LAN MLB 2 0 1.7 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .261 92 10.8 5.4 0.0 0.0 80% .286 .284 1.80 6.22 0.00 109 4.73 110.3
1979 LAN MLB 39 30 242.0 17 10 0 217 97 117 16 .255 101 8.1 3.6 0.6 4.4 39% .256 .237 1.30 3.81 3.46 116 4.71 106.8
1980 LAN MLB 42 10 110.0 3 9 5 122 55 59 10 .255 97 10.0 4.5 0.8 4.8 44% .307 .285 1.61 4.38 5.56 123 5.85 123.6
1981 LAN MLB 14 6 47.0 2 2 0 41 20 16 5 .251 95 7.9 3.8 1.0 3.1 54% .235 .277 1.30 4.78 4.02 121 5.39 118.5
1982 CLE MLB 34 27 216.0 14 8 1 174 98 142 16 .266 100 7.2 4.1 0.7 5.9 40% .252 .240 1.26 3.75 2.96 107 4.06 100.2
1983 CLE MLB 36 35 243.3 17 11 0 251 102 160 23 .266 101 9.3 3.8 0.9 5.9 44% .296 .282 1.45 4.07 4.29 99 3.94 98.1
1984 CHN MLB 20 20 150.3 16 1 0 123 39 155 9 .257 103 7.4 2.3 0.5 9.3 48% .286 .224 1.08 2.31 2.69 72 3.00 83.6
1984 CLE MLB 15 15 94.3 4 5 0 111 46 58 7 .268 99 10.6 4.4 0.7 5.5 50% .330 .291 1.66 4.01 5.15 76 3.41 91.9
1985 CHN MLB 20 20 130.0 8 8 0 119 44 102 12 .250 101 8.2 3.0 0.8 7.1 49% .276 .243 1.25 3.33 3.18 86 3.55 94.5
1986 CHN MLB 28 27 176.7 5 14 0 166 96 122 18 .253 110 8.5 4.9 0.9 6.2 46% .281 .252 1.48 4.34 4.64 116 6.05 124.2
1987 CHN MLB 34 34 237.3 18 10 0 223 106 174 24 .257 106 8.5 4.0 0.9 6.6 51% .283 .248 1.39 4.11 3.68 96 3.73 87.4
1988 CHN MLB 32 32 226.0 13 14 0 232 70 144 18 .255 102 9.2 2.8 0.7 5.7 47% .296 .259 1.34 3.42 3.86 98 3.92 102.1
1989 CHN MLB 35 34 229.0 16 11 0 202 69 153 18 .255 105 7.9 2.7 0.7 6.0 50% .264 .239 1.18 3.28 3.66 90 3.31 90.8
1990 CHN MLB 5 5 21.3 0 2 0 25 12 7 2 .262 105 10.5 5.1 0.8 3.0 45% .303 .287 1.73 5.06 5.91 125 6.02 123.5
1991 CHN MLB 19 18 96.7 6 5 0 96 45 52 4 .261 106 8.9 4.2 0.4 4.8 47% .287 .259 1.46 3.65 4.10 116 5.54 118.6
1992 BAL MLB 36 36 237.3 16 15 0 251 74 109 20 .267 97 9.5 2.8 0.8 4.1 39% .286 .269 1.37 3.99 4.47 108 5.27 112.4
1993 BAL MLB 29 28 166.0 10 10 0 212 74 80 23 .266 102 11.5 4.0 1.2 4.3 42% .326 .297 1.72 5.28 5.75 117 6.13 117.3
1994 SLN MLB 16 14 67.7 6 4 0 93 32 26 11 .259 99 12.4 4.3 1.5 3.5 39% .331 .308 1.85 5.92 6.52 131 7.38 131.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1994-07-23 1994-08-11 60-DL 19 18 - Not Disclosed - -
1994-04-26 1994-05-25 15-DL 29 25 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1993-08-23 1993-09-21 15-DL 29 26 Left Knee Surgery Cartilage 1993-08-24 -
1991-05-30 1991-08-06 15-DL 68 58 Right Shoulder Weakness - -
1991-03-26 1991-04-18 15-DL 23 9 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
1990-03-31 1990-08-29 60-DL 151 127 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 1990-05-07 -
1988-05-20 1988-06-11 22 20 - Trunk Strain Rib Cage - -
1986-06-30 1986-08-03 34 29 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
1985-07-29 1985-09-27 60 56 Right Shoulder - -
1985-07-03 1985-07-23 15-DL 20 17 - Groin Strain - -
1985-05-20 1985-06-07 18 15 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1981-08-14 1981-09-15 32 30 - Foot Soreness - -

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BP Articles

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Life at the Margins: A Cubs Championship, ProbablyRian Watt2016-03-28
BP Unfiltered: The Battered Bastards of Baseball is Not GoodSam Miller2014-07-25
Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part OneAllan Simpson2014-06-03
The BP Wayback Machine: Ryan Dempster and Jake Westbrook: Two Careers in Player CommentsBaseball Prospectus2014-02-17
The Lineup Card: Ten Late-Offseason Moves That Made a Difference Baseball Prospectus2014-01-22
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: World Series Game Five Recap (Cardinals Edition)Sam Miller2013-10-29
Perfect Game Presents: 2013 Rookie of the Year CandidatesGeorge Bissell2013-03-29
Pitcher Profile: Milwaukee's Rotation BrewHarry Pavlidis2013-02-15
The Lineup Card: 11 Comeback Player of the Year Candidates for 2013Baseball Prospectus2013-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe GirardiAdam Sobsey2012-10-03
BP Unfiltered: Steve Garvey's Return to Wrigley Field, May 1985Geoff Young2012-09-20
What You Need to Know: Tuesday, June 12Daniel Rathman2012-06-12
Future Shock Blog: Draft Day Dream CrushingKevin Goldstein2012-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Platoon Advantage: Life and Ed WhitsonCee Angi2012-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessResearch Mailbag: More Than a MouthfulBradley Ankrom2012-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessOut of Left Field: Predictions That, God Help Us, Are WrongMatthew Kory2012-04-02
Wezen-Ball: Solution to the Chicago-Inspired CryptogramLarry Granillo2012-03-20
The BP Broadside: Fernandomania and LinsanitySteven Goldman2012-02-16
This article requires BP Premium accessClubhouse Confidential: Be Like CCMarc Carig2011-08-03
The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason TradesBaseball Prospectus2011-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Neither a Berroa Nor a [Ver]lander BeBen Lindbergh2010-06-10
You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD Thurman Munson: An Alternative History of the 1986 World SeriesSteven Goldman2010-05-15
Changing Speeds: Retro Game Story: Cardinals at Cubs, 6/23/84Ken Funck2010-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Caution BellsWill Carroll2009-08-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Andre and OnwardJay Jaffe2009-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Picking the NL Cy YoungJoe Sheehan2008-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: I'll Get 'Em Next TimeJim Baker2008-07-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Topping the Twins, Part DeuxSteven Goldman2008-02-18
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Wrigleyville AgoniesSteven Goldman2007-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Getting Right Back on the HorseJim Baker2007-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Mismatchup Results and the Ups and DownsJim Baker2007-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Hummingbirds and SlothsDan Fox2007-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: New ProjectWill Carroll2006-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: First MatchupJim Baker2006-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Debate BeginsJoe Sheehan2005-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Coming and GoingWill Carroll2005-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessAL Cy Young Voting: Thoughts on Unanimous VotingJim Baker2004-11-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)Joe Sheehan2004-09-15
You Could Look It Up: Draft EditionSteven Goldman2004-06-09
Marginal Payroll/Marginal Wins: 1980-1984Doug Pappas2004-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: 1984 Part II: The Universe of BattleSteven Goldman2004-02-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Vuckovich's ReturnJoe Sheehan2003-08-25
Prospectus Today: Pitcher WorkloadsJoe Sheehan2003-06-18
6-4-3: Czervik! The MusicalGary Huckabay2002-06-14


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)did you watch the futures game? Who were some of the players that impressed you the most?
(Brian from Worcester)
I was only able to catch a few innings as I had some stuff come up. Profar looks amazing, Bethancourt has a howitzer for an arm behind the plate, Gose is an incredible athlete, and Rick Sutcliffe really sucks at commentating. (Jason Collette)
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)When it comes to how to build a team, maybe Casserly is better than Millen on TV. When it comes to talking about actually playing football, though (which Millen did), why should he be such a pariah? Dan Marino holds a lot of records. He still can't construct a sentence. Orel Hershiser...great pitcher, great analyst. Rick Sutcliffe, damn good pitcher, damn bad analyst.
(ekanenh from Capital City)
I'll agree here -- I was railing against the idea that a guy THAT bad could tell us much, but you make a great point about presentation, which is why we have Steve Phillips. I'd like to think it was a meritocracy, but it's not. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)6 weeks later, was the Cubs pickup of Harden as good if not better than CC Sabathia? Will only the playoff results determine this?
(Gray from Chicago)
It is remarkable how well each pitcher has done. In terms of SNLVAR, Sabathia's at 3.7 in 10 starts for the Brewers, and Harden at 2.4 in eight, so Sabathia has the edge. Here's a question: if Sabathia keeps going at his current pace, and the Brewers win the wild card, or even the division, does he get Cy Young/MVP consideration? It's amazing the parallel that can be drawn to Rick Sutcliffe, who was traded from the Indians to the Cubs midway through 1984 and won the Cy after going 16-1 with his new team. It's not going to happen this year, in all likelihood, but it is fun to think that Sabathia could possibly repeat that. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bryan, A few friends are wondering about Phillipe Aumont. We had a chance to see him play and he was in a class by himself. You compared him to Rick Sutcliffe, do you still like the comparison? Would you put him into a future 'ace' type, or more a #2-3. merci.
(Marco from Drumondville QC)
Did I ever compare him to Sutcliffe? That might have been KG, but I don't dislike it. I saw Aumont at the East Coast Showcase when he was in high school, and he was my favorite player at the event. Period. His size, his projectablity, his potential are all top notch. He has ace in his ceiling potential, but there's a lot to overcome, first. (Bryan Smith)


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