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Denny McLain PTigers

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
10 280 1886 131 91 2 3.39 28.2
Birth Date3-29-1944
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
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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 WARP
1963 DET MLB 3 3 21.0 2 1 0 20 16 22 2 .281 102 8.6 6.9 0.9 9.4 41% .321 .279 1.71 3.89 4.29 107 3.62 0.3
1964 DET MLB 19 16 100.0 4 5 0 84 37 70 16 .263 101 7.6 3.3 1.4 6.3 36% .233 .259 1.21 4.28 4.05 113 3.81 1.2
1965 DET MLB 33 29 220.3 16 6 1 174 62 192 25 .259 103 7.1 2.5 1.0 7.8 43% .248 .234 1.07 3.00 2.61 83 2.34 6.4
1966 DET MLB 38 38 264.3 20 14 0 205 104 192 42 .255 103 7.0 3.5 1.4 6.5 40% .221 .249 1.17 4.26 3.92 112 3.00 5.6
1967 DET MLB 37 37 235.0 17 16 0 209 73 161 35 .257 101 8.0 2.8 1.3 6.2 43% .247 .272 1.20 3.96 3.79 109 3.82 1.7
1968 DET MLB 41 41 336.0 31 6 0 241 63 280 31 .257 99 6.5 1.7 0.8 7.5 44% .231 .218 0.90 2.37 1.96 72 2.48 6.7
1969 DET MLB 42 41 325.0 24 9 0 288 67 181 25 .262 98 8.0 1.9 0.7 5.0 42% .256 .232 1.09 2.90 2.80 86 3.04 6.6
1970 DET MLB 14 14 91.3 3 5 0 100 28 52 19 .258 102 9.9 2.8 1.9 5.1 33% .270 .284 1.40 5.01 4.63 123 4.98 0.1
1971 WS2 MLB 33 32 216.7 10 22 0 233 72 103 31 .261 98 9.7 3.0 1.3 4.3 42% .280 .300 1.41 4.31 4.28 110 4.15 0.8
1972 ATL 0 15 8 54.0 3 5 1 60 18 21 12 .265 108 10.0 3.0 2.0 3.5 42% .259 .308 1.44 5.69 6.50 0 0.00 0.0
1972 OAK 0 5 5 22.3 1 2 0 32 8 8 4 .250 90 12.9 3.2 1.6 3.2 42% .318 .365 1.79 4.96 6.04 0 0.00 0.0
1972 TOT MLB 20 13 76.3 4 7 1 92 26 29 16 .260 103 10.8 3.1 1.9 3.4 42% .278 .326 1.55 5.48 6.37 126 5.35 -1.2
CareerMLB2802641886.013191216465481282242.2591007.92.61.26.141%.250.2541.163.593.39983.3128.2

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.
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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
1963 DET MLB 3 3 21.0 2 1 0 20 16 22 2 .281 102 8.6 6.9 0.9 9.4 41% .321 .279 1.71 3.89 4.29
1964 DET MLB 19 16 100.0 4 5 0 84 37 70 16 .263 101 7.6 3.3 1.4 6.3 36% .233 .259 1.21 4.28 4.05
1965 DET MLB 33 29 220.3 16 6 1 174 62 192 25 .259 103 7.1 2.5 1.0 7.8 43% .248 .234 1.07 3.00 2.61
1966 DET MLB 38 38 264.3 20 14 0 205 104 192 42 .255 103 7.0 3.5 1.4 6.5 40% .221 .249 1.17 4.26 3.92
1967 DET MLB 37 37 235.0 17 16 0 209 73 161 35 .257 101 8.0 2.8 1.3 6.2 43% .247 .272 1.20 3.96 3.79
1968 DET MLB 41 41 336.0 31 6 0 241 63 280 31 .257 99 6.5 1.7 0.8 7.5 44% .231 .218 0.90 2.37 1.96
1969 DET MLB 42 41 325.0 24 9 0 288 67 181 25 .262 98 8.0 1.9 0.7 5.0 42% .256 .232 1.09 2.90 2.80
1970 DET MLB 14 14 91.3 3 5 0 100 28 52 19 .258 102 9.9 2.8 1.9 5.1 33% .270 .284 1.40 5.01 4.63
1971 WS2 MLB 33 32 216.7 10 22 0 233 72 103 31 .261 98 9.7 3.0 1.3 4.3 42% .280 .300 1.41 4.31 4.28
1972 ATL MLB 15 8 54.0 3 5 1 60 18 21 12 .265 108 10.0 3.0 2.0 3.5 42% .259 .308 1.44 5.69 6.50
1972 OAK MLB 5 5 22.3 1 2 0 32 8 8 4 .250 90 12.9 3.2 1.6 3.2 42% .318 .365 1.79 4.96 6.04

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
1971-08-11 1971-09-03 23 22 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -

Compensation

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessPitching Backward: Some Signatures Are ForgeriesJeff Long2015-10-15
Kershaw Day: What Clayton Kershaw Does Better Than PitchR.J. Anderson2015-03-09
Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jack MorrisLarry Granillo2013-01-09
Wezen-Ball: Earl Weaver on Changing the PostseasonLarry Granillo2012-10-09
Baseball ProGUESTus: Baseball and Base 3Zachary Levine2012-08-21
BP Unfiltered: MVPs Who Weren't All-StarsBen Lindbergh2012-07-12
Inside The Park: Ode to a Terrible StatBradford Doolittle2012-02-23
The BP Broadside: Fernandomania and LinsanitySteven Goldman2012-02-16
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Sizing Up the Playoff RotationsR.J. Anderson2011-09-29
The Lineup Card: 12 Favorite Baseball Songs that are NOT by The Baseball ProjectBaseball Prospectus2011-08-03
Between The Numbers: Good Days for DebutsJeremy Greenhouse2011-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessChanging Speeds: Baseball on the OnesKen Funck2011-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part IIDavid Laurila2011-01-12
Seidnotes: WARP SpeedEric Seidman2010-12-30
This article requires BP Premium accessSeidnotes: The Rodrigo Lopez All-StarsEric Seidman2010-12-23
One-Hoppers: The Snubbed Cub: Ron Santo (1940-2010)Jay Jaffe2010-12-03
World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
Spinning Yarn: The Glavine LineMike Fast2010-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: 10 Men OutJay Jaffe2010-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Toby Harrah, Part OneDavid Laurila2009-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Comeback KingsJay Jaffe2008-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Winding DownJohn Perrotto2008-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Topping the Twins?Steven Goldman2008-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Putting Cys in MotionJim Baker2008-02-01
Prospectus Matchups: The (Elimination) GamersJim Baker2007-10-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Brian BannisterDavid Laurila2007-08-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Ask, and You Shall Be AnsweredJim Baker2006-10-31
World Series Prospectus: Fire Up the Wayback MachineChristina Kahrl2006-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Definition of InsanitySteven Goldman2006-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: John Quinn's ReignSteven Goldman2005-08-24
Prospectus Matchups: A Trip Around the MajorsJim Baker2004-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Ben Christensen of 1938Steven Goldman2004-05-18
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2004-03-04
This article requires BP Premium accessBreaking Balls: Digging Into the Fake MailbagDerek Zumsteg2003-06-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: The Downfall of Denny McLainMark Armour2003-02-28
The Downfall of Denny McLain: McLain-Kuhn: The Prequel to Rose-VincentBaseball Prospectus2003-02-28


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kirby Puckett is what I base that on. And Koufax, too, now that you bring him up. Does JAWS account for people being stopped right in their prime? I'm guessing not, perhaps because there are so few. But are there comparables to Kirby and Doc who didn't make it? I suspect there's just such a strong psychological at play there for voters.
(Richie from Washington)
Puckett had two World Series rings and 10 straight All-star appearances. As good as Halladay is, he doesn't have that.

Now, by considering peak and career, JAWS is built to allow for stopped-in-prime comparisons, and yes, Halladay is above the standard on that front (49.1 peak, with the average SP at 47.7). There aren't a lot of voters basing their decisions on JAWS, though - the great majority are still paying heed to more traditional numbers.

The annals are full of fast-starting pitchers who didn't make the Hall along the lines of Gooden. Denny McLain won his second Cy at 25 and didn't get in. Bret Saberhagen has two Cy Youngs and won't get in. Johan Santana probably won't get in barring a miraculous comeback from shoulder woes. (Jay Jaffe)


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