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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.63 1.29 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date7-11-1977
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age37 years, 3 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.02010
0.02011
0.42012
0.72013
-0.32014
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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
2003 COL 25 75 0 58.3 0.0 58.3 4 1 1 1 0 0 242 58 25 24 5 82 12 10 4 40 3.70 3.54 4.51 8.4 0.9
2004 COL 26 64 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 1 2 0 2 0 0 187 45 34 34 1 59 26 22 3 20 7.52 4.43 5.50 3.0 0.5
2005 ARI 27 29 0 14.3 0.0 14.3 1 1 2 3 0 0 74 19 15 15 2 33 11 8 1 11 9.42 5.78 6.19 -1.3 -0.1
2005 COL 27 3 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 13 7 5 5 0 10 0 0 0 1 22.50 1.99 3.90 0.8 0.1
2006 BOS 28 27 0 16.7 0.0 16.7 1 0 1 4 0 0 69 13 10 5 1 19 10 9 2 11 2.70 4.81 6.55 -1.3 -0.1
2007 BOS 29 61 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 2 1 0 5 0 0 174 36 16 14 2 54 18 16 4 26 3.10 4.29 5.81 -0.2 -0.0
2008 BOS 30 70 0 59.3 0.0 59.3 2 0 0 5 0 0 247 53 18 16 4 79 27 27 2 38 2.43 4.22 5.44 2.0 0.2
2009 BOS 31 14 0 11.7 0.0 11.7 0 2 0 0 0 0 64 20 13 12 1 30 9 9 2 5 9.26 6.23 6.54 -0.5 -0.1
2010 PIT 32 50 0 38.7 0.0 38.7 2 2 0 3 0 0 166 39 14 12 2 57 18 15 2 22 2.79 4.19 5.27 -4.4 -0.3
2010 SFN 32 27 0 19.0 0.0 19.0 2 0 0 4 0 0 69 11 3 3 0 12 2 2 0 16 1.42 1.74 2.56 2.7 0.3
2011 SFN 33 70 0 53.0 0.0 53.0 5 2 1 7 0 0 222 42 16 16 0 53 26 20 3 40 2.72 3.13 4.46 -1.8 0.0
2012 SFN 34 70 0 36.0 0.0 36.0 3 0 7 5 0 0 153 37 13 10 1 49 14 11 0 28 2.50 3.11 2.94 3.5 0.4
2013 SFN 35 69 0 39.3 0.0 39.3 4 2 1 0 0 0 161 30 10 8 1 44 12 7 0 37 1.83 2.38 2.02 6.3 0.7
2014 SFN 36 65 0 37.7 0.0 37.7 1 1 0 4 0 0 167 31 14 13 2 44 19 13 2 22 3.11 4.30 4.74 -2.8 -0.3
Career6940467.30.0467.32814134400200844120618722625204169253173.603.814.6514.32.2

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
1998 SBN A 16 9 44.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SBN A 20 20 99.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 HDS A+ 30 21 136.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LNC A+ 17 0 24.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ELP AA 22 1 40.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ELP AA 61 0 46.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .258 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 75 0 58.3 4.51 113 .230 .269 .342 .435 .268 .293 112 7.5 0.7 8.4 0.9
2003 Her Wnt 7 0 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB 64 0 40.7 5.50 98 .241 .263 .334 .430 .265 .321 115 2.3 0.2 3.0 0.5
2004 CSP AAA 8 0 9.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARI MLB 29 0 14.3 6.19 74 .311 .267 .343 .412 .266 .347 107 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2005 COL MLB 3 0 2.0 3.90 125 .394 .263 .327 .376 .253 .583 114 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2005 TUC AAA 27 0 24.3 5.18 106 .220 .279 .346 .431 .272 .250 89 3.0 0.3 3.6 0.5
2006 BOS MLB 27 0 16.7 6.55 75 .236 .279 .351 .451 .271 .267 106 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2006 CHR AAA 26 0 33.0 4.33 95 .189 .257 .331 .399 .259 .279 93 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2006 PAW AAA 13 0 16.0 4.40 91 .270 .261 .333 .395 .263 .339 98 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2007 BOS MLB 61 0 40.7 5.81 84 .242 .271 .340 .430 .267 .274 103 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2007 PAW AAA 17 0 16.7 4.49 93 .247 .266 .341 .408 .267 .373 95 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2008 BOS MLB 70 0 59.3 5.44 95 .238 .267 .337 .426 .265 .278 109 2.2 0.2 2.0 0.2
2009 BOS MLB 14 0 11.7 6.54 77 .342 .279 .347 .440 .270 .404 110 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2009 PAW AAA 38 0 39.7 5.11 81 .225 .267 .330 .405 .250 .275 100 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 PIT MLB 50 0 38.7 5.27 74 .268 .264 .335 .420 .274 .303 95 -4.3 -0.5 -4.4 -0.3
2010 SFN MLB 27 0 19.0 2.56 135 .137 .271 .345 .444 .287 .216 89 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2011 SFN MLB 70 0 53.0 4.46 81 .229 .257 .322 .391 .263 .275 90 -2.9 -0.3 -1.8 0.0
2012 SFN MLB 70 0 36.0 2.94 128 .255 .252 .319 .402 .258 .318 95 3.5 0.4 3.5 0.4
2013 SFN MLB 69 0 39.3 2.02 149 .229 .256 .321 .395 .262 .261 98 6.3 0.7 6.3 0.7
2014 SFN MLB 65 0 37.7 4.74 79 .249 .255 .315 .381 .262 .238 98 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -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
1998 SBN A 2 4 0 16 9 44.0 60 30 31 2 0% .000 12.3 6.1 0.4 6.3 2.05 6.55 0.0 0.0
1999 SBN A 4 6 0 20 20 99.0 122 43 70 9 0% .000 11.1 3.9 0.8 6.4 1.67 6.00 0.0 0.0
2000 HDS A+ 4 8 2 30 21 136.3 152 57 98 14 0% .000 10.0 3.8 0.9 6.5 1.53 5.22 0.0 0.0
2001 ELP AA 1 0 0 22 1 40.0 64 14 21 6 0% .000 14.4 3.1 1.4 4.7 1.95 7.42 0.0 0.0
2001 LNC A+ 1 3 1 17 0 24.0 30 5 18 2 0% .000 11.2 1.9 0.8 6.8 1.46 2.62 0.0 0.0
2002 ELP AA 2 2 6 61 0 46.3 34 16 47 3 0% .258 6.6 3.1 0.6 9.1 1.08 2.72 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 4 1 1 75 0 58.3 58 12 40 5 55% .293 8.9 1.9 0.8 6.2 1.20 3.70 8.4 0.9
2003 Her Wnt 0 0 0 7 0 5.0 5 1 4 1 0% .000 9.0 1.8 1.8 7.2 1.20 1.80 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB 1 2 0 64 0 40.7 45 26 20 1 54% .321 10.0 5.8 0.2 4.4 1.75 7.52 3.0 0.5
2004 CSP AAA 0 1 0 8 0 9.0 10 2 9 2 0% .348 10.0 2.0 2.0 9.0 1.33 4.00 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 0 0 0 3 0 2.0 7 0 1 0 42% .583 31.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 3.50 22.50 0.8 0.1
2005 ARI MLB 1 1 2 29 0 14.3 19 11 11 2 53% .347 11.9 6.9 1.3 6.9 2.09 9.42 -1.3 -0.1
2005 TUC AAA 0 1 2 27 0 24.3 17 12 16 0 67% .250 6.3 4.4 0.0 5.9 1.19 2.22 3.6 0.5
2006 CHR AAA 2 1 12 26 0 33.0 28 6 26 1 72% .279 7.6 1.6 0.3 7.1 1.03 0.55 1.9 0.2
2006 PAW AAA 0 0 4 13 0 16.0 20 8 12 1 61% .339 11.2 4.5 0.6 6.8 1.75 5.06 1.0 0.1
2006 BOS MLB 1 0 1 27 0 16.7 13 10 11 1 67% .267 7.0 5.4 0.5 5.9 1.38 2.70 -1.3 -0.1
2007 PAW AAA 2 1 0 17 0 16.7 19 8 15 0 71% .373 10.2 4.3 0.0 8.1 1.62 3.77 1.0 0.1
2007 BOS MLB 2 1 0 61 0 40.7 36 18 26 2 53% .274 8.0 4.0 0.4 5.8 1.33 3.10 -0.2 -0.0
2008 BOS MLB 2 0 0 70 0 59.3 53 27 38 4 61% .278 8.0 4.1 0.6 5.8 1.35 2.43 2.0 0.2
2009 BOS MLB 0 2 0 14 0 11.7 20 9 5 1 50% .404 15.4 6.9 0.8 3.9 2.49 9.26 -0.5 -0.1
2009 PAW AAA 1 1 0 38 0 39.7 35 13 23 2 62% .275 7.9 2.9 0.5 5.2 1.21 3.17 0.2 0.0
2010 SFN MLB 2 0 0 27 0 19.0 11 2 16 0 67% .216 5.2 0.9 0.0 7.6 0.68 1.42 2.7 0.3
2010 PIT MLB 2 2 0 50 0 38.7 39 18 22 2 60% .303 9.1 4.2 0.5 5.1 1.47 2.79 -4.4 -0.3
2011 SFN MLB 5 2 1 70 0 53.0 42 26 40 0 64% .275 7.1 4.4 0.0 6.8 1.28 2.72 -1.8 0.0
2012 SFN MLB 3 0 7 70 0 36.0 37 14 28 1 60% .318 9.2 3.5 0.2 7.0 1.42 2.50 3.5 0.4
2013 SFN MLB 4 2 1 69 0 39.3 30 12 37 1 65% .261 6.9 2.7 0.2 8.5 1.07 1.83 6.3 0.7
2014 SFN MLB 1 1 0 65 0 37.7 31 19 22 2 68% .238 7.4 4.5 0.5 5.3 1.33 3.11 -2.8 -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 915 0.4885 0.4568 0.7967 0.6219 0.2991 0.8489 0.6929 0.2010
2009 239 0.4812 0.3808 0.8022 0.5565 0.2177 0.8438 0.7037 0.1978
2010 837 0.4922 0.4641 0.8119 0.5947 0.3365 0.8612 0.7273 0.1856
2011 780 0.4218 0.4872 0.7684 0.6717 0.3525 0.8824 0.6101 0.2263
2012 556 0.4676 0.4604 0.7695 0.6038 0.3345 0.8280 0.6768 0.2305
2013 598 0.4415 0.4816 0.7500 0.6098 0.3802 0.8634 0.6063 0.2465
2014 574 0.4408 0.4704 0.8074 0.6285 0.3458 0.9057 0.6667 0.1852
Career44990.46230.46490.78670.6190.33210.86330.66870.21

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-02-18 2013-03-01 Camp 11 0 Left Hand Contusion Ground Ball - -
2009-06-05 2009-06-20 Minors 15 0 Left Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2001-05-30 2001-06-24 Minors 25 0 Right Elbow Contusion - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 SFN $5,000,000
2015 SFN $4,000,000
2014 SFN $4,000,000
2013 SFN $4,250,000
2012 SFN $4,250,000
2011 SFN $2,375,000
2010 PIT $775,000
2009 BOS $1,350,000
2008 BOS $840,000
2007 BOS $402,500
2005 COL $321,000
2004 COL $317,500
2003 COL $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$15,181,000
2011Current$4,000,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$19,181,000
2 yrFuture$9,000,000
13 yrTotal$28,181,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 167 dMeister Sports3 years/$13M (2014-16)

Details
  • 3 years/$13M (2014-16). Re-signed by San Francisco as a free agent 11/13. 14:$4M, 15:$4M, 16:$5M. May earn $0.5M in performance bonuses based on appearances.
  • 2 years/$8.5M (2012-13). Signed extension with San Francisco 10/30/11. 12:$4.25M, 13:$4.25M.
  • 1 year/$2.375M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/20/11 (avoided arbitration, $2.875M-$2M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 55, 60 innings pitched.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2010). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/18/09. May earn $0.55M in performance bonuses for games 35-70. Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Pittsburgh 7/31/10.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2009). Re-signed by Boston 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Boston 5/10/09, sent outright to Triple-A 5/15/09.
  • 1 year/$0.84M (2008). Re-signed by Boston 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $10,000 each for 65, 70 games.
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2007). Renewed by Boston 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Boston in trade from Chicago White Sox 6/15/06.
  • 1 year/$0.321M (2005). Claimed by Arizona off waivers from Colorado 4/05. DFA by Arizona 7/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3175M (2004). Re-signed by Colorado 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Selected by Boston from Arizona in Rule 5 draft 12/02. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Boston 3/03.
  • Drafted by Arizona 1998 (4-133) (Virginia).

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 0 0 3 0 0 64.1 47 20 49 3 .259 1.04 2.64 2.86 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 2 0 0 57.8 46 19 44 3 .274 1.12 2.99 3.25 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 2 0 0 53.4 45 19 41 3 .285 1.18 3.24 3.52 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 2 0 0 49.8 44 18 38 3 .294 1.24 3.47 3.77 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 2 0 0 46.4 42 18 35 3 .303 1.29 3.68 4 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 2 0 0 43.1 41 17 33 3 .312 1.34 3.89 4.23 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 2 0 0 39.7 39 16 30 3 .322 1.40 4.12 4.48 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 35.8 37 15 27 3 .333 1.47 4.40 4.78 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 30.5 34 14 23 2 .348 1.58 4.79 5.21 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0020045.74117353.3011.283.653.970.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
17% 34% 22% 7% 60%

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
20153721143045471733358.3271.414.284.659.33.46.60.60.2
20163821147049481935458.3071.364.114.478.83.56.40.70.3
20173921144047471731458.3111.364.174.539.03.35.90.80.2
20184021146049481733458.3091.334.114.468.83.16.10.70.3
20194121142045461629458.3141.394.304.689.33.25.80.80.1
20204221136038401425358.3191.414.534.929.43.35.90.70.0
20214321131033341220358.3141.414.534.939.43.35.50.80.0
20224421133035361321358.3141.414.554.959.33.45.50.80.0
20234521132034361320358.3141.444.625.029.53.45.30.8-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
4.43.61.44.86.5220.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 J.C. Romero 2012 9.75
2 84 Fernando Rodney 2013 3.65
3 82 Hideki Okajima 2012 0.00 DNP
4 82 Akinori Otsuka 2008 0.00 DNP
5 81 Steve Kline 2009 0.00 DNP
6 81 Roberto Hernandez 2001 4.52
7 80 Scott Downs 2012 3.55
8 80 Kent Tekulve 1983 2.73
9 80 Jamey Wright 2011 3.42
10 79 Scott Schoeneweis 2010 7.90
11 79 Francisco Cordero 2011 2.58
12 77 Brian Fuentes 2012 7.20
13 76 Dave Smith 1991 6.00
14 76 Salomon Torres 2008 3.94
15 75 D.J. Carrasco 2013 0.00 DNP
16 75 Dave Giusti 1976 4.94
17 75 Antonio Alfonseca 2008 0.00 DNP
18 74 Ron Perranoski 1972 6.11
19 74 Jason Isringhausen 2009 2.25
20 73 Matt Thornton 2013 4.57
21 73 Randy Choate 2012 3.96
22 73 Mark Eichhorn 1997 0.00 DNP
23 72 Clay Carroll 1977 3.20
24 72 Brendan Donnelly 2008 8.56
25 72 Paul Quantrill 2005 5.74
26 71 Julian Tavarez 2009 6.94
27 71 Luis Arroyo 1963 13.50
28 71 Matt Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
29 71 Mike MacDougal 2013 0.00 DNP
30 71 Shawn Camp 2012 3.71
31 71 LaTroy Hawkins 2009 2.27
32 70 Scott Eyre 2008 3.86
33 70 Ted Abernathy 1969 4.01
34 70 Scott Atchison 2012 1.93
35 69 Bob Locker 1974 0.00 DNP
36 69 Damaso Marte 2011 0.00 DNP
37 68 Mike Timlin 2002 3.26
38 68 Miguel Batista 2007 4.71
39 68 Bill Landrum 1994 0.00 DNP
40 68 Derek Lowe 2009 5.04
41 68 Bob Howry 2010 9.26
42 68 Billy Wagner 2008 3.26
43 68 Mike Magnante 2001 3.74
44 68 Todd Williams 2007 7.53
45 67 Hoyt Wilhelm 1959 2.51
46 67 Tim Worrell 2004 4.14
47 67 Mike Marshall 1979 3.03
48 67 Ramon Hernandez 1977 8.85
49 66 Bob Wickman 2005 2.47
50 66 Stu Miller 1964 3.43
51 66 Trever Miller 2009 2.06
52 66 Allie Reynolds 1953 4.12
53 66 Sparky Lyle 1981 4.80
54 66 Jerry Reuss 1985 3.30
55 65 Steve Reed 2001 3.86
56 65 Jim Corsi 1998 3.14
57 65 Buddy Groom 2002 1.60
58 65 Jason Grimsley 2004 5.29
59 65 Gene Garber 1984 3.82
60 65 Kevin Brown 2001 3.19
61 65 Jeff Nelson 2003 4.07
62 65 John Bale 2010 0.00 DNP
63 65 Jamie Walker 2008 7.34
64 65 Kiko Calero 2011 0.00 DNP
65 64 Shigetoshi Hasegawa 2005 4.05
66 64 Al Worthington 1965 2.80
67 64 J.J. Putz 2013 2.36
68 64 Joe Borowski 2007 5.35
69 64 Jose Contreras 2008 4.76
70 63 Anthony Telford 2002 6.85
71 63 Brian Shouse 2005 5.91
72 63 Paul Mirabella 1990 5.03
73 63 Alberto Castillo 2012 0.00 DNP
74 63 Mike Myers 2005 3.38
75 63 Shingo Takatsu 2005 5.20
76 63 Dan Quisenberry 1989 2.87
77 62 Randy Flores 2012 0.00 DNP
78 62 Dennis Lamp 1989 3.04
79 62 Chris Carpenter 2011 3.72
80 62 Steve Farr 1993 4.21
81 62 Tug McGraw 1981 2.66
82 62 Andy Pettitte 2008 4.94
83 62 Bob Lemon 1957 5.37
84 61 Bill Campbell 1985 4.48
85 61 Roger Clemens 1999 4.84
86 61 Mike Lincoln 2011 0.00 DNP
87 61 Tim Hudson 2012 3.87
88 61 Tom Glavine 2002 3.41
89 61 Hiroki Kuroda 2011 3.43
90 61 Bob Gibson 1972 2.69
91 61 Kenny Rogers 2001 6.56
92 61 Rollie Fingers 1983 0.00 DNP
93 61 Greg Maddux 2002 3.03
94 60 John Franco 1997 2.70
95 60 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
96 60 Jim Gott 1996 0.00 DNP
97 60 Yoshinori Tateyama 2012 10.06
98 60 Bruce Dal Canton 1977 4.12
99 60 Roy Halladay 2013 6.97
100 60 Sal Maglie 1953 4.81

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .167 .228 .242 .176
11 vs R (Multi) .317 .396 .433 .318
18 Split (Multi) -.150 -.168 -.191 -.142
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .156 .208 .222 .168
31 vs R (2013) .296 .361 .444 .333
38 Split (2013) -.141 -.152 -.222 -.165
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 For better and for worse, Lopez reiterated that he is a true LOOGY. He dominated lefties, ranking 24th in TAv, .183, among pitchers who had 50 plate appearances or more against left-handed batters. Conversely, he had the second highest TAv, .366, against right-handed batters using the same qualifying criteria. The Giants learned their lesson from his overexposure to right-handed hitters in 2010 and 2011. He averaged 120.5 plate appearances against righties those seasons, and that was reduced to 56 last year. When used correctly, Lopez can be a bullpen asset who neutralizes left-handed hitters in high-leverage situations.
2012 On August 29, with the Cubs up by six, Blake DeWitt ripped a hanging Javier Lopez slider into right field for a triple. That would be the only extra-base hit Lopez would allow to a left-handed hitter in 2011, in more than 100 plate appearances. As far as the LOOGY portion of his mandate, 2011 was Lopez's best season, as lefties batted just .163/.245/.185 against him. Alas, all that success earned him added responsibility, and right-handers—who aren't nearly so impressed—were 53 percent of his opponents, the biggest share he has ever faced in a full season. When he gets two strikes against same-siders, he likes to drop down, using an extreme arm angle for both the slider and the fastball. He has done it for years, but since joining the Giants has exaggerated the motion ever further, his release point falling off the PITCHf/x maps completely. That angle makes him deadly with two strikes—his whiff rate on 0-2 is better than those of Justin Verlander and Carlos Marmol—and one of the least comfortable LOOGY at-bats in the game. One day into the offseason, the Giants extended him for two years and $8.5 million.
2011 Acquired at the trade deadline for first baseman John Bowker and right-hander Joe Martinez, side-arming LOOGY Lopez became a key member of the Giants’ bullpen down the stretch, facing higher-leverage situations than everyone except closer Brian Wilson and chief set-up man Sergio Romo and handling them with aplomb. Not only did Lopez dominate lefties (.164/.188/.179), but he kept righties in check, raised his typically below league-average strikeout rate, and issued just two walks to the 69 hitters he faced as a Giant over the season’s final two months. In the postseason, he retired 16 of the 18 men he faced, stranded all four runners he inherited, and earned the win in the pennant-clinching game with a scoreless inning of work against the Phillies. He won’t be that good again in 2011, but he should settle back into his pre-2009 form, or roughly what he was doing with the Pirates before the Giants rescued him.
2010 Sidearmer Javier Lopez gave the Sox two and a half seasons of solid LOOGY-dom before earning a demotion last May.
2009 Lopez finished second on the Red Sox in WXRL, a surprising development that says far more about the state of Boston's depleted pen than it does about the merits of the lefty spot reliever. Lopez doesn't strike out many hitters, walks more than his fair share, and cannot stop right-handers from crushing him. Lefties found him unhittable, failing to a .182/.305/.282 beat and batting just .217 when they put the ball in play. Keeping the ball on the ground helped (his 2.7 G/F was his highest over a full season), as did strong support from the many pitchers who followed him—as a LOOGY who either got his man or was pulled, Lopez bequeathed the ninth-most baserunners in the majors last year. This is an overlooked aspect of bullpen strategy: successful use of a pitcher like Lopez requires a quality righties to follow him, because 20 to 30 percent of the southpaw's going to fail and force another pitching change.
2008 Evaluating a LOOGY by his ERA is a bit like evaluating a baseball book by its use of gerunds. Lopez has the mechanics and repertoire to fill the role, and struck out 19 percent of the left-handed batters he faced. His weird opponent's average split (.293 vs. LHB, .176 vs. RHB) was a fluke. He's an effective specialist and number-two lefty.
2007 From the department of `Wha?` comes the mid-June exchange in which the Red Sox sent serviceable reliever David Riske to the White Sox for sidearming LOOGY Lopez. Despite a paucity of innings with the Bosox, Lopez`s WXRL was fourth on the team. On his career, he`s held lefties to a .246/.326/.335 showing, but righties have bombed him to the tune of .310/.400/.460, which proves that he`s unsuited for broader responsibilities. Brilliant.
2005 It's pretty hard to rack up 64 appearances and post a 7.52 ERA. If someone does that, you can be pretty sure that he's a) left-handed, and b) probably not on a particularly good team. Like Fuentes, Lopez's numbers just ballooned after a strong 2003. Unlike Fuentes, the spike was supported by a breakdown in his peripherals. He could still rebound at a new address, and the Rockies looked to be shopping him as of this writing.

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Javier Lopez has thrown 5,017 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (86mph), also mixing in a Slider (80mph), Curve (73mph) and Change (79mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (87mph).