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Joe Niekro PAstros

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
22 3584.3 221 204 16 1747 3.59 11.2
Birth Date11-7-1944
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1967 CHN 22 36 22 169.7 144.0 25.7 10 7 0 1 12 1 706 171 68 63 15 271 32 25 2 77 3.34 3.50 4.01 18.8 2.1
1968 CHN 23 34 29 177.3 170.3 7.0 14 10 2 0 14 3 769 204 93 85 18 297 59 51 3 65 4.31 4.18 5.00 -13.8 -1.6
1969 CHN 24 4 3 19.3 17.3 2.0 0 1 0 0 1 0 86 24 9 8 3 38 6 6 0 7 3.72 4.88 7.34 -2.2 -0.2
1969 SDN 24 37 31 202.0 194.0 8.0 8 17 0 0 16 3 842 213 91 83 15 291 45 36 0 55 3.70 3.75 4.33 5.1 0.5
1970 DET 25 38 34 213.0 201.7 11.3 12 13 0 1 18 1 914 221 107 96 28 341 72 68 3 101 4.06 4.25 5.22 2.1 0.3
1971 DET 26 31 15 122.3 84.3 38.0 6 7 1 1 8 1 540 136 62 61 13 207 49 46 2 43 4.49 4.29 4.81 0.4 0.1
1972 DET 27 18 7 47.0 37.3 9.7 3 2 1 0 3 0 199 62 20 20 3 81 8 7 1 24 3.83 2.65 3.46 5.1 0.5
1973 ATL 28 20 0 24.0 0.0 23.3 2 4 3 4 0 0 97 23 11 11 2 33 11 10 0 12 4.12 4.01 4.55 0.5 0.1
1974 ATL 29 27 2 43.0 4.3 38.7 3 2 0 3 0 0 178 36 19 17 5 56 18 16 2 31 3.56 4.05 4.50 -1.2 -0.1
1975 HOU 30 40 4 88.0 24.0 64.0 6 4 4 1 4 0 378 79 32 30 3 103 39 35 2 54 3.07 3.23 3.92 7.7 0.7
1976 HOU 31 36 13 118.0 69.7 48.3 4 8 0 2 7 0 516 107 60 44 8 150 56 55 1 77 3.36 3.67 3.79 11.4 1.3
1977 HOU 32 44 14 180.7 114.0 66.7 13 8 5 5 9 3 737 155 66 61 14 230 64 61 1 101 3.04 3.70 4.53 0.1 0.2
1978 HOU 33 35 29 202.7 188.3 14.3 14 14 0 0 15 2 861 190 97 87 13 274 73 72 9 97 3.86 3.71 4.48 -3.6 -1.0
1979 HOU 34 38 38 263.7 263.7 0.0 21 11 0 0 24 2 1095 221 102 88 17 312 107 106 7 119 3.00 3.92 4.73 -2.0 -0.1
1980 HOU 35 37 36 256.0 254.0 2.0 20 12 0 0 19 3 1096 268 119 101 12 353 79 76 4 127 3.55 3.34 4.25 16.1 1.9
1981 HOU 36 24 24 166.0 166.0 0.0 9 9 0 0 19 0 676 150 60 52 8 203 47 43 0 77 2.82 3.22 3.49 20.7 2.2
1982 HOU 37 35 35 270.0 270.0 0.0 17 12 0 0 28 3 1067 224 79 74 12 297 64 63 5 130 2.47 3.13 3.74 10.3 1.0
1983 HOU 38 38 38 263.7 263.7 0.0 15 14 0 0 23 3 1113 238 115 102 15 332 101 96 3 152 3.48 3.44 4.08 8.3 0.7
1984 HOU 39 38 38 248.3 248.3 0.0 16 12 0 0 23 3 1027 223 104 84 16 317 89 85 4 127 3.04 3.73 4.28 0.4 0.2
1985 HOU 40 32 32 213.0 213.0 0.0 9 12 0 0 20 4 925 197 100 88 21 285 99 93 5 117 3.72 4.27 4.85 -1.6 0.0
1985 NYA 40 3 3 12.3 12.3 0.0 2 1 0 0 0 0 58 14 8 8 3 24 8 8 0 4 5.84 7.20 7.39 -1.9 -0.2
1986 NYA 41 25 25 125.7 125.7 0.0 9 10 0 0 10 0 571 139 84 68 15 218 63 60 1 59 4.87 4.93 5.36 7.8 0.8
1987 MIN 42 19 18 96.3 95.0 1.3 4 9 0 0 6 1 444 115 76 67 11 181 45 45 6 54 6.26 4.83 5.23 12.1 1.2
1987 NYA 42 8 8 50.7 50.7 0.0 3 4 0 0 5 0 211 40 25 20 4 60 19 19 4 30 3.55 4.08 4.54 6.8 0.7
1988 MIN 43 5 2 11.7 4.7 7.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 59 16 13 13 2 24 9 9 0 7 10.03 6.16 7.76 -1.9 -0.2
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Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1967 CHN MLB 36 22 169.7 4.01 102 .265 .257 .311 .373 .266 .269 107 14.2 1.7 18.8 2.1
1968 CHN MLB 34 29 177.3 5.00 56 .283 .248 .303 .346 .261 .298 102 -13.3 -1.7 -13.8 -1.6
1969 CHN MLB 4 3 19.3 7.34 37 .300 .254 .317 .374 .260 .300 110 -3.7 -0.4 -2.2 -0.2
1969 SDN MLB 37 31 202.0 4.33 90 .261 .257 .320 .373 .263 .272 97 5.5 0.6 5.1 0.5
1970 DET MLB 38 34 213.0 5.22 75 .267 .252 .321 .386 .259 .272 100 -5.6 -0.6 2.1 0.3
1971 DET MLB 31 15 122.3 4.81 80 .285 .248 .317 .366 .262 .284 103 -1.0 -0.1 0.4 0.1
1972 DET MLB 18 7 47.0 3.46 103 .285 .238 .298 .344 .250 .362 102 3.6 0.4 5.1 0.5
1973 ATL MLB 20 0 24.0 4.55 97 .282 .256 .326 .390 .264 .292 107 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.1
1974 ATL MLB 27 2 43.0 4.50 93 .239 .264 .329 .382 .268 .254 101 1.0 0.1 -1.2 -0.1
1975 HOU MLB 40 4 88.0 3.92 101 .245 .265 .332 .379 .263 .271 95 5.7 0.6 7.7 0.7
1976 HOU MLB 36 13 118.0 3.79 101 .268 .252 .316 .357 .259 .265 96 8.1 0.9 11.4 1.3
1977 HOU MLB 44 14 180.7 4.53 86 .241 .264 .328 .399 .260 .254 90 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.2
1978 HOU MLB 35 29 202.7 4.48 78 .263 .253 .317 .377 .258 .265 92 -2.6 -0.3 -3.6 -1.0
1979 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 4.73 79 .237 .260 .320 .383 .254 .241 92 -3.6 -0.4 -2.0 -0.1
1980 HOU MLB 37 36 256.0 4.25 88 .258 .258 .315 .371 .253 .293 95 4.9 0.5 16.1 1.9
1981 HOU MLB 24 24 166.0 3.49 106 .240 .253 .311 .359 .255 .261 95 17.5 2.0 20.7 2.2
1982 HOU MLB 35 35 270.0 3.74 102 .216 .258 .317 .373 .253 .248 94 16.0 1.7 10.3 1.0
1983 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 4.08 95 .244 .256 .320 .375 .257 .265 94 11.9 1.3 8.3 0.7
1984 HOU MLB 38 38 248.3 4.28 83 .245 .255 .315 .366 .253 .262 89 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.2
1985 HOU MLB 32 32 213.0 4.85 68 .262 .251 .315 .373 .254 .258 90 -8.4 -0.9 -1.6 0.0
1985 NYA MLB 3 3 12.3 7.39 31 .317 .248 .317 .399 .268 .256 95 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
1986 NYA MLB 25 25 125.7 5.36 86 .280 .262 .326 .403 .266 .287 101 7.8 0.8 7.8 0.8
1987 MIN MLB 19 18 96.3 5.23 98 .280 .270 .333 .429 .267 .317 103 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
1987 NYA MLB 8 8 50.7 4.54 107 .234 .257 .324 .412 .260 .234 98 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7
1988 MIN MLB 5 2 11.7 7.76 36 .316 .275 .335 .397 .274 .341 108 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

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
1967 CHN MLB 10 7 0 36 22 169.7 171 32 77 15 55% .269 9.1 1.7 0.8 4.1 1.20 3.34 18.8 2.1
1968 CHN MLB 14 10 2 34 29 177.3 204 59 65 18 53% .298 10.4 3.0 0.9 3.3 1.48 4.31 -13.8 -1.6
1969 CHN MLB 0 1 0 4 3 19.3 24 6 7 3 67% .300 11.2 2.8 1.4 3.3 1.55 3.72 -2.2 -0.2
1969 SDN MLB 8 17 0 37 31 202.0 213 45 55 15 55% .272 9.5 2.0 0.7 2.5 1.28 3.70 5.1 0.5
1970 DET MLB 12 13 0 38 34 213.0 221 72 101 28 45% .272 9.3 3.0 1.2 4.3 1.38 4.06 2.1 0.3
1971 DET MLB 6 7 1 31 15 122.3 136 49 43 13 57% .284 10.0 3.6 1.0 3.2 1.51 4.49 0.4 0.1
1972 DET MLB 3 2 1 18 7 47.0 62 8 24 3 47% .362 11.9 1.5 0.6 4.6 1.49 3.83 5.1 0.5
1973 ATL MLB 2 4 3 20 0 24.0 23 11 12 2 44% .292 8.6 4.1 0.8 4.5 1.42 4.12 0.5 0.1
1974 ATL MLB 3 2 0 27 2 43.0 36 18 31 5 51% .254 7.5 3.8 1.0 6.5 1.26 3.56 -1.2 -0.1
1975 HOU MLB 6 4 4 40 4 88.0 79 39 54 3 49% .271 8.1 4.0 0.3 5.5 1.34 3.07 7.7 0.7
1976 HOU MLB 4 8 0 36 13 118.0 107 56 77 8 49% .265 8.2 4.3 0.6 5.9 1.38 3.36 11.4 1.3
1977 HOU MLB 13 8 5 44 14 180.7 155 64 101 14 52% .254 7.7 3.2 0.7 5.0 1.21 3.04 0.1 0.2
1978 HOU MLB 14 14 0 35 29 202.7 190 73 97 13 51% .265 8.4 3.2 0.6 4.3 1.30 3.86 -3.6 -1.0
1979 HOU MLB 21 11 0 38 38 263.7 221 107 119 17 47% .241 7.5 3.7 0.6 4.1 1.24 3.00 -2.0 -0.1
1980 HOU MLB 20 12 0 37 36 256.0 268 79 127 12 51% .293 9.4 2.8 0.4 4.5 1.36 3.55 16.1 1.9
1981 HOU MLB 9 9 0 24 24 166.0 150 47 77 8 50% .261 8.1 2.5 0.4 4.2 1.19 2.82 20.7 2.2
1982 HOU MLB 17 12 0 35 35 270.0 224 64 130 12 55% .248 7.5 2.1 0.4 4.3 1.07 2.47 10.3 1.0
1983 HOU MLB 15 14 0 38 38 263.7 238 101 152 15 53% .265 8.1 3.4 0.5 5.2 1.29 3.48 8.3 0.7
1984 HOU MLB 16 12 0 38 38 248.3 223 89 127 16 52% .262 8.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 1.26 3.04 0.4 0.2
1985 HOU MLB 9 12 0 32 32 213.0 197 99 117 21 49% .258 8.3 4.2 0.9 4.9 1.39 3.72 -1.6 0.0
1985 NYA MLB 2 1 0 3 3 12.3 14 8 4 3 53% .256 10.2 5.8 2.2 2.9 1.78 5.84 -1.9 -0.2
1986 NYA MLB 9 10 0 25 25 125.7 139 63 59 15 47% .287 10.0 4.5 1.1 4.2 1.61 4.87 7.8 0.8
1987 MIN MLB 4 9 0 19 18 96.3 115 45 54 11 48% .317 10.7 4.2 1.0 5.0 1.66 6.26 12.1 1.2
1987 NYA MLB 3 4 0 8 8 50.7 40 19 30 4 45% .234 7.1 3.4 0.7 5.3 1.16 3.55 6.8 0.7
1988 MIN MLB 1 1 0 5 2 11.7 16 9 7 2 52% .341 12.3 6.9 1.5 5.4 2.14 10.03 -1.9 -0.2

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1986-06-29 1986-07-18 19 16 Right Face Contusion Index Finger - -
1972-07-10 1972-07-30 20 18 Left Trunk Strain Side - -

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: As Good as They Once Were?Jason Collette2013-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: To Communicate a FailureJason Wojciechowski2013-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Dickey's Fine Malt KnucklerDoug Thorburn2012-06-29
The Lineup Card: 10 Incidents of CheatingBaseball Prospectus2012-06-27
The BP Broadside: Fernandomania and LinsanitySteven Goldman2012-02-16
Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in MotionJonathan Bernhardt2012-01-13
The Lineup Card: 17 Favorite Midseason TradesBaseball Prospectus2011-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Disasterpiece TheaterJay Jaffe2010-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Knuckling Under, Part 2 Ben Lindbergh2010-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Padres are Riding The WaveJohn Perrotto2010-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Returns and DeparturesJay Jaffe2010-07-22
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: A Second Second City Revival?John Perrotto2010-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Steinbrenner: Baseball OperatorSteven Goldman2010-07-14
Seidnotes: Livan La Vida LocaEric Seidman2010-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Assorted Senior CircuitryChristina Kahrl2009-08-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: July 22Kevin Goldstein2009-07-22
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Mid-Season SnapshotJohn Perrotto2009-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Hesitations, Retractions, and RebuttalsJohn Perrotto2008-12-21
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Who Really Needed an Early Pink Slip?Steven Goldman2008-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central NRI ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Rookies and CyclesNate Silver2007-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessWorld Series Prospectus: Game Five DiarySteven Goldman2006-10-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 5-10Christina Kahrl2006-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The ElectionJoe Sheehan2006-01-11
Astros October Nightmares: Can the '04 Team Give Houston Its First Pennant?Baseball Prospectus2004-10-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: American League, September 13-19Steven Goldman2004-09-25
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: What's the Value of a Deadline Deal?Steven Goldman2004-08-06
This article requires BP Premium accessAre Knuckleballers Easy to Relieve?: ...And Other Pressing Issues of Our TimeMichael Wolverton2004-07-14
Not Earning Its Keep: Why The "Earned" Run Needs To GoMichael Wolverton2004-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Reverse LepidopterySteven Goldman2004-03-26
The Stadium Game: Is This the End of the Building Boom?Neil deMause2003-11-17


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)East Coast question from the midwest. Over the second half how far will R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana fall off from their first half performances?
(wauzer from Milwaukee)
Well, I don't think Santana will throw another no-hitter. And I doubt Dickey will throw another one-hitter.

Santana has posted a 5.67 ERA in seven starts since the no-no, and batters are hitting .291/.345/.544 against him over that period. He is better than that, but I think the real concern is workload. How many more innings can he pitch after sitting out all of 2011?

As for Dickey, sometimes knuckleballers have great years. Joe Niekro in 1982. Charlie Hough in 1985. Tim Wakefield in 1995 and 2002. Dickey seems to be having one of those years, as he did in 2010, but with a much higher (and more baffling) strikeout rate. How far will he fall? On the one hand, he has allowed five runs in three of his last four starts, so maybe it's already starting. On the other, he allowed eight in his third start of the year and then went 9-0 with a 1.21 ERA over his next 11. I don't know where his pitches are headed, I don't know where his season is headed. (Geoff Young)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What should the Red Sox do with Charlie Zink and Jeff Bailey? These guys are putting up obscene numbers down in the international league, but both are past the prospect stage. Even though I fully believe that Zink at least is legit, I can understand that there are other guys in the sox system that look to have brighter careers. Can the Sox get something for these guys, or are they likely to leave as free agents?
(Rob from Brighton)
Zink's interesting, but I suspect it'll have to involve getting dealt as part of a package to a team desperately in need of a starting pitching, even though it would make sense of the Sox to look at him as an mop-up innings sponge (not that they need one) since they've already invested a roster spot in a knuckler-capable backup backstop. Heck, trade him to either Texas team, because I have to think people haven't entirely forgotten Joe Niekro or Charlie Hough.

As for Bailey, he's just the latest guy charged with keeping PawSox fans engaged. (Christina Kahrl)


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