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Portrait of Jason Isringhausen

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 41)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.7 4.60 1.49 25 2 1 1 -0.1
Birth Date9-7-1972
Height6' 3"
Weight235 lbs
Age42 years, 1 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
-0.02011
-0.32012
2013
-0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1995 NYN 22 14 14 93.0 93.0 0.0 9 2 0 0 11 0 385 88 29 29 6 118 31 29 2 55 2.81 3.79 4.63 9.5 0.9
1996 NYN 23 27 27 171.7 171.7 0.0 6 14 0 0 13 5 766 190 103 91 13 256 73 68 8 114 4.77 4.17 4.92 17.2 1.6
1997 NYN 24 6 6 29.7 29.7 0.0 2 2 0 0 1 0 145 40 27 25 3 56 22 22 1 25 7.58 5.03 5.63 0.2 -0.0
1999 NYN 26 13 5 39.3 24.7 14.7 1 3 1 0 0 0 179 43 29 28 7 80 22 20 2 31 6.41 5.64 6.04 0.3 0.0
1999 OAK 26 20 0 25.3 0.0 25.3 0 1 8 0 0 0 107 21 6 6 2 31 12 10 1 20 2.13 4.19 4.15 4.0 0.4
2000 OAK 27 66 0 69.0 0.0 69.0 6 4 33 7 0 0 304 67 34 29 6 93 32 27 3 57 3.78 4.22 4.52 10.6 1.0
2001 OAK 28 65 0 71.3 0.0 71.3 4 3 34 10 0 0 293 54 24 21 5 86 23 18 0 74 2.65 2.90 3.49 13.0 1.3
2002 SLN 29 60 0 65.3 0.0 65.3 3 2 32 5 0 0 257 46 22 18 0 56 18 17 1 68 2.48 1.67 2.52 18.4 1.9
2003 SLN 30 40 0 42.0 0.0 42.0 0 1 22 3 0 0 174 31 14 11 2 43 18 17 0 41 2.36 2.93 3.20 10.8 1.1
2004 SLN 31 74 0 75.3 0.0 75.3 4 2 47 7 0 0 308 55 27 24 5 88 23 19 2 71 2.87 2.93 3.16 16.8 1.9
2005 SLN 32 63 0 59.0 0.0 59.0 1 2 39 4 0 0 245 43 14 14 4 62 27 22 1 51 2.14 3.57 3.46 12.4 1.3
2006 SLN 33 59 0 58.3 0.0 58.3 4 8 33 10 0 0 257 47 25 23 10 84 38 35 3 52 3.55 5.66 6.37 -5.6 -0.5
2007 SLN 34 63 0 65.3 0.0 65.3 4 0 32 2 0 0 267 42 21 18 4 64 28 25 2 54 2.48 3.70 3.91 9.6 0.9
2008 SLN 35 42 0 42.7 0.0 42.7 1 5 12 7 0 0 200 48 28 27 5 75 22 22 5 36 5.70 4.84 4.93 2.7 0.4
2009 TBA 36 9 0 8.0 0.0 8.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 37 6 2 2 0 7 5 5 2 6 2.25 4.27 4.66 0.8 0.1
2011 NYN 38 53 0 46.7 0.0 46.7 3 3 7 5 0 0 200 36 23 21 6 59 24 22 1 44 4.05 4.39 4.72 -0.3 -0.0
2012 ANA 39 50 0 45.7 0.0 45.7 3 2 0 6 0 0 198 44 22 21 7 74 19 16 0 31 4.14 4.93 5.67 -3.1 -0.3
Career724521007.7319.0688.75155300672554322901450408851332437394348303.643.924.41117.211.8

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1995 NYN MLB 14 14 93.0 4.63 99 .226 .266 .328 .408 .255 .282 98 8.5 0.8 9.5 0.9
1996 NYN MLB 27 27 171.7 4.92 93 .262 .263 .328 .407 .251 .317 97 9.6 0.9 17.2 1.6
1997 NYN MLB 6 6 29.7 5.63 76 .315 .257 .316 .403 .255 .394 98 -0.2 -0.0 0.2 -0.0
1999 NYN MLB 13 5 39.3 6.04 75 .280 .261 .332 .416 .253 .308 97 -0.5 -0.0 0.3 0.0
1999 OAK MLB 20 0 25.3 4.15 119 .229 .277 .350 .452 .268 .264 96 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2000 OAK MLB 66 0 69.0 4.52 111 .232 .277 .348 .445 .263 .296 95 10.6 1.0 10.6 1.0
2001 OAK MLB 65 0 71.3 3.49 124 .213 .265 .329 .425 .261 .257 93 13.0 1.3 13.0 1.3
2002 SLN MLB 60 0 65.3 2.52 143 .186 .267 .339 .425 .265 .271 98 18.4 1.9 18.4 1.9
2003 SLN MLB 40 0 42.0 3.20 131 .205 .267 .333 .431 .262 .257 100 9.7 1.0 10.8 1.1
2004 SLN MLB 74 0 75.3 3.16 128 .217 .263 .328 .424 .261 .242 94 16.7 1.6 16.8 1.9
2005 SLN MLB 63 0 59.0 3.46 125 .213 .268 .334 .425 .264 .241 101 12.4 1.3 12.4 1.3
2006 SLN MLB 59 0 58.3 6.37 60 .269 .268 .335 .433 .266 .240 93 -5.6 -0.5 -5.6 -0.5
2007 SLN MLB 63 0 65.3 3.91 119 .205 .269 .336 .429 .261 .212 101 9.6 0.9 9.6 0.9
2008 SLN MLB 42 0 42.7 4.93 91 .293 .264 .332 .419 .263 .326 97 2.2 0.2 2.7 0.4
2009 TBA MLB 9 0 8.0 4.66 105 .253 .263 .337 .405 .261 .250 102 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2011 NYN MLB 53 0 46.7 4.72 84 .257 .251 .322 .401 .266 .240 97 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2012 ANA MLB 50 0 45.7 5.67 68 .273 .258 .322 .411 .263 .262 97 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1995 NYN MLB 9 2 0 14 14 93.0 88 31 55 6 55% .282 8.5 3.0 0.6 5.3 1.28 2.81 9.5 0.9
1996 NYN MLB 6 14 0 27 27 171.7 190 73 114 13 48% .317 10.0 3.8 0.7 6.0 1.53 4.77 17.2 1.6
1997 NYN MLB 2 2 0 6 6 29.7 40 22 25 3 43% .394 12.1 6.7 0.9 7.6 2.09 7.58 0.2 -0.0
1999 OAK MLB 0 1 8 20 0 25.3 21 12 20 2 42% .264 7.5 4.3 0.7 7.1 1.30 2.13 4.0 0.4
1999 NYN MLB 1 3 1 13 5 39.3 43 22 31 7 45% .308 9.8 5.0 1.6 7.1 1.65 6.41 0.3 0.0
2000 OAK MLB 6 4 33 66 0 69.0 67 32 57 6 52% .296 8.7 4.2 0.8 7.4 1.43 3.78 10.6 1.0
2001 OAK MLB 4 3 34 65 0 71.3 54 23 74 5 54% .257 6.8 2.9 0.6 9.3 1.08 2.65 13.0 1.3
2002 SLN MLB 3 2 32 60 0 65.3 46 18 68 0 53% .271 6.3 2.5 0.0 9.4 0.98 2.48 18.4 1.9
2003 SLN MLB 0 1 22 40 0 42.0 31 18 41 2 50% .257 6.6 3.9 0.4 8.8 1.17 2.36 10.8 1.1
2004 SLN MLB 4 2 47 74 0 75.3 55 23 71 5 46% .242 6.6 2.7 0.6 8.5 1.04 2.87 16.8 1.9
2005 SLN MLB 1 2 39 63 0 59.0 43 27 51 4 52% .241 6.6 4.1 0.6 7.8 1.19 2.14 12.4 1.3
2006 SLN MLB 4 8 33 59 0 58.3 47 38 52 10 45% .240 7.3 5.9 1.5 8.0 1.46 3.55 -5.6 -0.5
2007 SLN MLB 4 0 32 63 0 65.3 42 28 54 4 46% .212 5.8 3.9 0.6 7.4 1.07 2.48 9.6 0.9
2008 SLN MLB 1 5 12 42 0 42.7 48 22 36 5 53% .326 10.1 4.6 1.1 7.6 1.64 5.70 2.7 0.4
2009 TBA MLB 0 1 0 9 0 8.0 6 5 6 0 33% .250 6.8 5.6 0.0 6.8 1.38 2.25 0.8 0.1
2011 NYN MLB 3 3 7 53 0 46.7 36 24 44 6 41% .240 6.9 4.6 1.2 8.5 1.29 4.05 -0.3 -0.0
2012 ANA MLB 3 2 0 50 0 45.7 44 19 31 7 46% .262 8.7 3.7 1.4 6.1 1.38 4.14 -3.1 -0.3

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
2008 749 0.4940 0.4473 0.7940 0.6108 0.2876 0.8761 0.6239 0.2060
2009 165 0.5273 0.4667 0.8442 0.6207 0.2949 0.9074 0.6957 0.1558
2011 803 0.4720 0.4396 0.8159 0.5937 0.3019 0.8711 0.7188 0.1841
2012 761 0.4980 0.4442 0.8550 0.6148 0.2749 0.9013 0.7524 0.1450
Career24780.49030.44510.82320.60710.28880.88430.69890.1768

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-09-07 2011-09-29 DTD 22 22 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc - -
2011-05-15 2011-05-15 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2011-04-03 2011-04-11 Minors 8 4 Low Back Stiffness -
2011-03-19 2011-03-27 Camp 8 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2010-08-16 2010-09-13 Minors 28 0 Right Elbow Strain -
2009-06-14 2009-10-05 60-DL 113 98 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-06-16
2009-05-01 2009-05-17 On-Alr 16 15 Abdomen Strain Mild -
2009-03-31 2009-05-18 15-DL 48 39 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Possible Tommy John Surgery and Flexor Tendon 2008-09-12
2008-08-17 2008-09-29 60-DL 43 36 Right Elbow Surgery Flexor Tendon and Possible Tommy John Surgery 2008-09-12
2008-06-27 2008-06-29 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Sprain Also Capsule and Tendon -
2008-05-16 2008-06-17 15-DL 32 28 Right Hand Laceration -
2006-09-07 2006-10-28 DTD 51 23 Left Hip Surgery Arthritis 2005-09-21
2005-04-27 2005-05-13 15-DL 16 16 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2004-11-15 2004-11-15 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2004-11-15
2003-03-27 2003-06-10 60-DL 75 61 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2002-10-24
2002-10-24 2002-10-24 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2002-10-24
1998-03-31 1998-09-28 60-DL 181 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1998-01-13 -
1998-01-13 1998-01-13 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1998-01-13 -
1997-03-24 1997-08-27 60-DL 156 131 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 1996-09-27 -
1996-09-27 1996-09-27 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 1996-09-27 -
1996-09-18 1996-09-30 DTD 12 11 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 1996-09-27 -
1996-08-13 1996-09-01 15-DL 19 16 - Trunk Strain Rib Cage - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ANA $
2012 ANA $650,000
2009 TBA $750,000
2008 SLN $8,000,000
2007 SLN $8,750,000
2006 SLN $8,750,000
2005 SLN $7,000,000
2004 SLN $7,750,000
2003 SLN $6,750,000
2002 SLN $2,750,000
2001 OAK $3,300,000
2000 OAK $825,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$55,275,000
13 yrTotal$55,275,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 30 dDanny Horwitz1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by LA Angels 2/22/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Angels 3/30/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/15/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by NY Mets 4/11/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 7/22/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2009). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/20/09 (minor-league contract). Performance bonuses based on games, games finished: $0.15M for 40 games. $0.2M for 45 g. $0.3M each for 50, 55 g. $0.5M for 60 g. $0.15M for 45 GF. $0.15M each for 50, 55 GF. $0.25M 60 GF. $0.3M 65 GF. Award bonuses: $25,000 each for All Star, LCS MVP. $50,000 for WS MVP, Comeback Player of Year. $0.1M for Rolaids or Cy Young ($80,000 for 2nd in vote, $60,000 for 3rd, $40,000 for 4th, $20,000 for 5th). Contract selected by Tampa Bay 4/1/09.
  • 3 years/$25.75M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option. Signed re-worked extension with St. Louis 2/05. 05:$7M, 06:$8.75M, 07:$8.75M, 08:$8M club option ($1.25M buyout). St. Louis exercised 2008 option 10/5/07. Award bonuses: $0.15M for WS MVP. $0.1M each for LCS MVP, Rolaids ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 3rd), Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 3rd). $50,000 for All Star. No-trade protection. Perks: suite on road.
  • 4 years/$27M (2002-05), plus 2006 club option. Signed as a free agent 1/02. $2M signing bonus. 02:$2.25M, 03:$6.75M, 04:$7.25M, 05:$7.75M, 06:$8M club option ($1M buyout). No-trade protection. Award bonuses: $0.15M for WS MVP. $0.1M each for LCS MVP, Rolaids ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 3rd), Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 3rd). $50,000 for All Star. Deal reworked 1/03, reducing 2003 salary to $4.75M, increasing 2005 salary to $9.75M, increasing buyout of 2006 option to $1.1M, and giving Isringhausen a suite on the road. Deal reworked 2/04, reducing 2004 salary to $5M, and increasing 2005 salary to $12,112,500.
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2001) (Oakland).
  • Drafted 1991 (44-1,157).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3.1 1.3 2.3 58 0 51.7 41 20 39 5 .240 1.18 3.33 3.62 6.8 0.7
80o 2.6 1.1 1.9 51 0 45.2 39 19 34 5 .255 1.28 3.75 4.08 3.4 0.3
70o 2.3 0.9 1.6 46 0 40.7 37 18 30 4 .267 1.36 4.06 4.42 1.4 0.1
60o 2.1 0.8 1.4 42 0 37.0 35 17 28 4 .276 1.42 4.33 4.71 -0.0 -0.0
50o 1.9 0.7 1.3 38 0 33.6 34 17 25 4 .285 1.49 4.59 4.99 -1.2 -0.1
40o 1.6 0.6 1.1 34 0 30.3 32 16 23 4 .294 1.56 4.85 5.28 -2.1 -0.2
30o 1.4 0.5 0.9 30 0 26.8 29 14 20 4 .304 1.63 5.14 5.59 -2.8 -0.3
20o 1.2 0.4 0.8 26 0 22.9 26 13 17 3 .315 1.72 5.49 5.96 -3.4 -0.4
10o 0.9 0.3 0.6 20 0 17.7 22 11 13 3 .331 1.85 5.98 6.5 -3.8 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.80.71.237032.73216244.2831.474.554.94-0.9-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
7% 23% 13% 10% 41%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20154221147042442027645.2851.545.015.449.54.35.81.3-0.2
20164321140035381823545.2891.585.095.549.74.65.91.3-0.2
20174421136032371620545.2981.665.475.9510.44.55.61.4-0.4
20184521139035391821545.2931.635.355.8210.04.65.41.3-0.3
20194621139035391721545.2941.625.375.8410.14.45.51.3-0.4
20204721139035391720545.2941.625.415.8810.14.45.21.3-0.4
20214821138034391719545.2961.665.495.9710.44.55.11.3-0.4
20224921138034391718545.2961.665.515.9910.44.54.81.3-0.4
20235021137033381617545.2961.645.606.0810.44.44.61.4-0.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.5out of baseball3.2out of baseballout of baseballout of baseball5.7

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Ron Mahay 2012 0.00 DNP
2 89 Ron Villone 2011 0.00 DNP
3 88 Keiichi Yabu 2010 0.00 DNP
4 86 Don McMahon 1971 4.39
5 85 Jose Mesa 2007 8.53
6 83 Alan Embree 2011 0.00 DNP
7 82 John Franco 2002 0.00 DNP
8 82 Mike Remlinger 2007 0.00 DNP
9 81 Chris Hammond 2007 0.00 DNP
10 80 Tom Gordon 2009 21.60
11 80 Al Worthington 1970 0.00 DNP
12 80 Ellis Kinder 1956 3.42
13 80 Russ Springer 2010 5.40
14 80 Mike Stanton 2008 0.00 DNP
15 79 Ron Reed 1984 3.70
16 79 Brian Shouse 2010 0.00 DNP
17 78 Jesse Orosco 1998 3.18
18 78 Art Fowler 1964 10.29
19 78 Al Brazle 1955 0.00 DNP
20 78 Miguel Batista 2012 5.13
21 78 Gene Garber 1989 0.00 DNP
22 77 Mike Timlin 2007 3.74
23 77 Rick Honeycutt 1995 3.15
24 76 Matt Herges 2011 0.00 DNP
25 76 Doug Brocail 2008 3.93
26 75 Rich Gossage 1993 4.53
27 74 Hoyt Wilhelm 1964 2.40
28 74 Marv Grissom 1959 22.50
29 74 Trevor Hoffman 2009 1.83
30 72 Orlando Pena 1975 2.13 DNP
31 71 Tony Fossas 1999 36.00
32 71 Doug Jones 1998 4.64
33 71 Gerry Staley 1962 0.00 DNP
34 71 Virgil Trucks 1958 4.52
35 70 Tim Wakefield 2008 4.43
36 70 Phil Niekro 1980 3.89
37 69 Larry Andersen 1994 5.79
38 69 Tom Burgmeier 1985 0.00 DNP
39 69 Al Leiter 2007 0.00 DNP
40 69 Jose Contreras 2013 9.00
41 69 Charlie Hough 1989 4.80
42 68 Early Wynn 1961 3.51
43 68 Tom Seaver 1986 4.19
44 67 Woodie Fryman 1981 3.35
45 67 Todd Jones 2009 0.00 DNP
46 67 Rick Reuschel 1990 4.14
47 67 Roy Face 1969 4.40
48 67 Joe Niekro 1986 6.02
49 66 Jamie Moyer 2004 5.66
50 66 Woody Williams 2008 0.00 DNP
51 66 Arthur Rhodes 2011 4.64
52 66 Tom Glavine 2007 4.58
53 66 Kent Tekulve 1988 3.83
54 66 Nolan Ryan 1988 4.01
55 66 Dennis Martinez 1995 3.37
56 66 Warren Spahn 1962 3.24 DNP
57 65 Jack Morris 1996 0.00 DNP
58 65 Dave Stieb 1999 0.00 DNP
59 65 Chuck Finley 2004 0.00 DNP
60 65 Bob Gibson 1977 0.00 DNP
61 64 Orlando Hernandez 2007 3.78
62 64 Bob McClure 1993 7.11
63 64 Sal Maglie 1958 5.07
64 64 Orel Hershiser 2000 12.77
65 64 John Smoltz 2008 2.57
66 64 Dick Hall 1972 0.00 DNP
67 64 Mike Mussina 2010 0.00 DNP
68 64 Jerry Koosman 1984 3.78
69 63 Mike Cuellar 1978 0.00 DNP
70 63 Darren Oliver 2012 2.06
71 63 Greg Maddux 2007 4.14
72 63 Don Sutton 1986 4.04
73 63 Doug Bair 1991 0.00 DNP
74 63 Takashi Saito 2011 2.02
75 62 Roger Clemens 2004 3.19
76 62 Alan Mills 2008 0.00 DNP
77 62 Mike Flanagan 1993 0.00 DNP
78 61 Connie Marrero 1952 3.27
79 61 Steve Carlton 1986 6.12
80 61 Murry Dickson 1958 4.49
81 60 Dan Plesac 2003 3.24
82 60 Gaylord Perry 1980 4.68
83 60 David Wells 2004 3.91
84 59 Danny Darwin 1997 4.86
85 59 Curt Schilling 2008 0.00 DNP
86 58 Jim Perry 1977 0.00 DNP
87 58 Frank Tanana 1995 0.00 DNP
88 58 Tom Candiotti 1999 8.07
89 57 Bert Blyleven 1992 5.14
90 57 Tommy John 1984 4.86
91 57 Andy Pettitte 2013 4.13
92 57 Jim Kaat 1980 4.41
93 54 Bob Forsch 1991 0.00 DNP
94 52 Lew Burdette 1968 0.00 DNP
95 51 Mike Morgan 2001 4.74
96 51 Randy Johnson 2005 4.07
97 51 Luis Tiant 1982 6.07
98 49 Terry Mulholland 2004 5.55
99 48 Diego Segui 1979 0.00 DNP
100 48 Robin Roberts 1968 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 "[The] part of baseball I enjoy is that adrenaline," Isringhausen told a reporter in September. "I don't always get it pitching the fifth or sixth inning. It's not the same. I wasn't bred that way and I'm not wired that way." That was a problem, because even in a shaky bullpen like the one in Anaheim, Isringhausen isn’t a late-innings option anymore. He did earn a bit more of Scioscia’s trust around the All-Star break, but 76 percent of his outings were in less-than-average leverage. His adrenaline-based explanation for his 92 ERA+ doesn’t hold up, at least on first glance. In his dozen highest-leverage opportunities, he allowed seven runs (including three home runs) in 8 1/3 innings. Better explanation: He’s old, on his fourth ulnar collateral ligament, and barely hanging onto 90 mph.
2012 The Mets didn't have a lot of feel-good stories in 2011, but Isringhausen is one of them. He considered retirement in the offseason and then said he would do so if he didn't break camp with his original team. He not only made the team, he pitched very well and moved into the closer role, earning his 300th career save after K-Rod was dealt to Milwaukee. His numbers look worse than he pitched, as he fell apart in the second half while trying to pitch through a back injury that ultimately cut his season short. His cut fastball and curve are still effective offerings.
2010 After injury wrecked Jason Isringhausen's 2008 campaign, he rehabbed his way onto the Rays' roster, but lasted a month before tearing up his elbow in June. He'll go through rehab from TJS before deciding whether to push for another shot.
2009 Izzy pitched six straight scoreless frames to open the year, but then blew five of his next 11 save chances, picking up four losses in less than 10 innings. After a brief break from the closer role, he returned to give up four runs while recording only one out in his next chance. He then picked a fight with the clubhouse TV, lost, and went on the DL. Returning in June, he took back the closer role in August, and then almost immediately lost it again with another spectacular combustion. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with a partially torn tendon, undergoing surgery in mid-September. Now a free agent and seven saves shy of 300, Isringhausen should be healthy enough to show up at the start of spring training, or at least until he actually pitches.
2008 Isringhausen got his command back after a tough 2006 that was worse than his ERA suggested. The degenerative hip problem that messed up his mechanics that season was fixed by surgery, allowing him to once again get on top of his pitches, especially his good curve. His numbers last year were helped along by an unusually low .213 BABIP, which was even lower than his typical .240s figure. Izzy's stuff isn't dominant, and he's at the point at which he'll probably have an ERA under 3.00 or over 5.00, but never in-between. As with Rolen, he's most valuable to the Cards as a trade chip.
2007 It`s got to hurt a hell of a lot to chuck a ball 90 miles an hour and land hard on a leg that`s connected to a hip made faulty by arthritis and an impingement. Isringhausen opted for surgery in September, choosing it over a less-aggressive scoping. When he`ll be back to full capability will be determined in spring training. A full recovery has got to be defined as something beyond what he showed prior to going down in 2006, otherwise he`s not going to be a closer for much longer. Izzie`s stuff seemed to have declined badly over the last couple of years, but it`s tough to evaluate a pitcher`s arm when he`s working on one leg.
2006 As exciting as Izzy can make his saves at times, he`s really been consistent since coming over from Oakland, posting admirable ERAs and hit rates. He`s had some nagging injuries, but by and large, he`s been a very good closer for most of his career, despite the best efforts of Dallas Green to end it before it started.
2005 He'll never be the picture of durability, but he has been a heck of a reliever since coming to the Cardinals. He'll be entering the final year of his contract this upcoming season (although the Cards do hold an option on him for 2006). While name-value closers rarely provide value on the dollar, he's been quite good. He underwent major hip surgery, this off-season so his health and mechanics will be worth monitoring in the early going. Still, his peripherals point to continued success.
2003 A top shelf closer at the top of his game, Izzy will continue to be as much of an asset as an ace closer can be. His sinker was almost impossible to lift out of the infield last year, and he complements it with a nice curve, although he still doesn’t get it over for strikes to lefties as often as you’d like. It also wasn’t a perfect season in that he had elbow and shoulder soreness at different times during the year. Neither ailment is supposed to be anything major for 2003, but LaRussa likes to keep his closer for the 9th inning alone, and those kinds of yips won’t encourage anyone to think of expanding his role into the 8th.

He’s another product of one of the innumerable little colleges named after Lewis and Clark, but again, not the one in Oregon, so he’s not a former classmate of Monica Lewinsky. Are her fifteen minutes up yet, or will she eventually be as forgotten as Warren Harding’s molls?
2002 Isringhausen mixes true 95-mph heat with the occasional knee-buckling curveball to torture opposing hitters and A's fans alike. He blew a league-leading nine saves in 43 opportunities, but that didn't stop the Cardinals from giving him a big contract to close for them.
2001 So far, Jason Isringhausen has been an adequate closer who has moments of maximum fright-inducement. When he’s on, his curve can be nasty, and he almost never shows up without high-90s heat. The question is whether he’ll ever become less frightening and more consistent. The answer should be yes. If John Wetteland can triumph over wildness and Tommy Lasorda, Izzy ought to be able to put Dallas Green in his rear-view mirror.
2000 I don't invest much faith in closers or closing, but it would be foolish to ignore that the clubhouse leadership, Giambi foremost among them, came out and said they wanted Isringhausen in that role. After seeing his stuff, they had confidence he would do the job. But what about a "closer's makeup" or the need for experience? It's an interesting thing when players ditch the untrue truisms that many journalists hold sacred. Restricted to relief, Izzy should be able to succeed with his mid-90s heat and his still-good curve, reclaiming the career Dallas Green almost stole from him.
1998 Probably the most heralded of the young guns, though Wilson should have been. Isringhausen has taken the first steps back towards health and effectiveness. He could well make it all the way back, but probably not until the second half of 1998. Smart guy on the mound; he doesn’t need all of his pitches back at their previous level to be effective.
1997 In 1995, he made 38 starts, more than any other pitcher in the last 10 years. It looks like a lot of organizations sort of lose their awareness of how many innings a guy has pitched when he moves up through three levels like that. The idea that front office people are incapable of adding three numbers wouldn’t be a total surprise. He had a lot more trouble than most pitchers while working from the stretch; his OPS jumped 33% with men on base, while 6% is about normal. His injury list started in August with a pulled rib cage muscle, which isn’t serious; then bone spurs in the elbow, a pretty easy thing to fix; then a torn labrum, which is pretty serious.
1996  His workload is a cause for concern (193 IP in 1994, 221 last year). His stuff isn't. If the Mets use what should be a deep bullpen to keep Izzy from pitching more than seven innings too often, he could become one of the best pitchers of the next 10 years.

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2011-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Isringhausen is currently pitching for the Mets. How weird is that?
(mef from Brooklyn, NY)
For the record, I was at Jason Isringhausen's major league debut at Wrigley Field on 7/17/95. Sat near his family and it was a lot of fun. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)I don't get it, Tommy. I just don't get it. I can't wrap my head around how bloggers, writers and everybody deems that the Rays are the best 3rd place team in baseball and have to have luck, rather than just the talent on roster, to break the grasps of Boston/New York for the #1 or #2 spot in the division. Rays biggest downfall in 2009 was the lack of a "true closer" when Troy Percival went down and Jason Isringhausen forgot his arm wasn't what it used to be. JP Howell was serviceable but a sudden over-use seen him getting knocked around and getting shut-down by season's end. Even with a 11-game losing streak, which is a season-killer for any team, the team won 84 games. If the Rays won 6 or 7 of those games, they would've been a 90-win team. So what do the Rays do this offseason? They use the money that trading Kazmir and Iwamura netted them and dealt the prospect received in Iwamura's trade for a "true closer" in Rafael Soriano. That trade/signing moves every Rays reliever into the spot that they should be filling and would be most u
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Soriano probably adds a net of two wins or so. Assuming for sake of argument that the Rays were a 90 win (true talent) team last year, I think you can justify a 92 win estimate for them this year. But 92 wins doesn't win the AL East 99 times out of 100.

Beyond that, they just don't have the starting pitching of the Red Sox or Yankees. At every slot in the rotation they lose to both those teams. Maybe Hellickson can start consistently this year, maybe Davis is great right away. But for my money, I think those things aren't all likely to happen. In any other division in baseball, the Rays are the prohibitive favorites. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Were you alluding Jason Isringhausen??? You're predicting he's 1 week away from taking over for Percival? Just a hunch, a hope, or being funny?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
No, I think he could have the job that quickly. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the player that you think will have the biggest fall from grace (you've already used Ichiro)?
(grainyduck from Buffalo)
I could see Jason Isringhausen losing a lot of his value in a hurry. (Joe Sheehan)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jason Isringhausen threw 2,830 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Cutter (88mph), also mixing in a Curve (77mph) and Sinker (91mph). He also rarely threw a Change (84mph).