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Joe Niekro P

Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
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Birth Date11-7-1944
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
1967 CHN MLB 36 22 169.7 171 32 77 15 .266 107 9.1 1.7 0.8 4.1 55% .269 .265 1.20 3.50 3.34 103 3.56 1.7
1968 CHN MLB 34 29 177.3 204 59 65 18 .261 102 10.4 3.0 0.9 3.3 53% .298 .283 1.48 4.18 4.31 127 4.78 -2.2
1969 CHN 0 4 3 19.3 24 6 7 3 .260 110 11.2 2.8 1.4 3.3 67% .300 .300 1.55 4.88 3.72 0 0.00 0.0
1969 SDN 0 37 31 202.0 213 45 55 15 .263 97 9.5 2.0 0.7 2.5 55% .272 .261 1.28 3.75 3.70 0 0.00 0.0
1970 DET MLB 38 34 213.0 221 72 101 28 .259 100 9.3 3.0 1.2 4.3 45% .272 .267 1.38 4.25 4.06 115 4.43 1.5
1971 DET MLB 31 15 122.3 136 49 43 13 .262 103 10.0 3.6 1.0 3.2 57% .284 .285 1.51 4.29 4.49 117 4.80 -0.6
1972 DET MLB 18 7 47.0 62 8 24 3 .250 102 11.9 1.5 0.6 4.6 47% .362 .285 1.49 2.65 3.83 107 4.15 0.0
1973 ATL MLB 20 0 24.0 23 11 12 2 .264 107 8.6 4.1 0.8 4.5 44% .292 .282 1.42 4.01 4.12 115 5.31 -0.2
1974 ATL MLB 27 2 43.0 36 18 31 5 .268 101 7.5 3.8 1.0 6.5 51% .254 .239 1.26 4.05 3.56 95 4.52 0.0
1975 HOU MLB 40 4 88.0 79 39 54 3 .263 95 8.1 4.0 0.3 5.5 49% .271 .245 1.34 3.23 3.07 100 4.22 0.5
1976 HOU MLB 36 13 118.0 107 56 77 8 .259 96 8.2 4.3 0.6 5.9 49% .265 .268 1.38 3.67 3.36 104 4.80 -0.5
1977 HOU MLB 44 14 180.7 155 64 101 14 .260 90 7.7 3.2 0.7 5.0 52% .254 .241 1.21 3.70 3.04 101 4.47 1.2
1978 HOU MLB 35 29 202.7 190 73 97 13 .258 92 8.4 3.2 0.6 4.3 51% .265 .263 1.30 3.71 3.86 110 5.73 -2.5
1979 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 221 107 119 17 .254 92 7.5 3.7 0.6 4.1 47% .241 .237 1.24 3.92 3.00 118 5.44 -0.8
1980 HOU MLB 37 36 256.0 268 79 127 12 .253 95 9.4 2.8 0.4 4.5 51% .293 .258 1.36 3.34 3.55 104 5.27 -0.9
1981 HOU MLB 24 24 166.0 150 47 77 8 .255 95 8.1 2.5 0.4 4.2 50% .261 .240 1.19 3.22 2.82 101 4.23 1.0
1982 HOU MLB 35 35 270.0 224 64 130 12 .253 94 7.5 2.1 0.4 4.3 55% .248 .216 1.07 3.13 2.47 93 3.87 3.8
1983 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 238 101 152 15 .257 94 8.1 3.4 0.5 5.2 53% .265 .244 1.29 3.44 3.48 101 4.57 1.7
1984 HOU MLB 38 38 248.3 223 89 127 16 .253 89 8.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 52% .262 .245 1.26 3.73 3.04 111 4.68 1.2
1985 HOU 0 32 32 213.0 197 99 117 21 .254 90 8.3 4.2 0.9 4.9 49% .258 .262 1.39 4.27 3.72 0 0.00 0.0
1985 NYA 0 3 3 12.3 14 8 4 3 .268 95 10.2 5.8 2.2 2.9 53% .256 .317 1.78 7.20 5.84 0 0.00 0.0
1986 NYA MLB 25 25 125.7 139 63 59 15 .266 101 10.0 4.5 1.1 4.2 47% .287 .280 1.61 4.93 4.87 127 5.92 -0.8
1987 MIN 0 19 18 96.3 115 45 54 11 .267 103 10.7 4.2 1.0 5.0 48% .317 .280 1.66 4.83 6.26 0 0.00 0.0
1987 NYA 0 8 8 50.7 40 19 30 4 .260 98 7.1 3.4 0.7 5.3 45% .234 .234 1.16 4.08 3.55 0 0.00 0.0
1988 MIN MLB 5 2 11.7 16 9 7 2 .274 108 12.3 6.9 1.5 5.4 52% .341 .316 2.14 6.16 10.03 110 5.92 -0.1
1969 TOT MLB 41 34 221.3 237 51 62 18 .263 98 9.6 2.1 0.7 2.5 56% .275 .265 1.30 3.84 3.70 109 4.85 -0.5
1985 TOT MLB 35 35 225.3 211 107 121 24 .255 91 8.4 4.3 1.0 4.8 49% .258 .265 1.41 4.43 3.83 119 6.14 -2.4
1987 TOT MLB 27 26 147.0 155 64 84 15 .265 101 9.5 3.9 0.9 5.1 47% .290 .265 1.49 4.57 5.33 111 5.61 0.3
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1967 CHN MLB 36 22 169.7 171 32 77 15 .266 107 9.1 1.7 0.8 4.1 55% .269 .265 1.20 3.50 3.34
1968 CHN MLB 34 29 177.3 204 59 65 18 .261 102 10.4 3.0 0.9 3.3 53% .298 .283 1.48 4.18 4.31
1969 CHN MLB 4 3 19.3 24 6 7 3 .260 110 11.2 2.8 1.4 3.3 67% .300 .300 1.55 4.88 3.72
1969 SDN MLB 37 31 202.0 213 45 55 15 .263 97 9.5 2.0 0.7 2.5 55% .272 .261 1.28 3.75 3.70
1970 DET MLB 38 34 213.0 221 72 101 28 .259 100 9.3 3.0 1.2 4.3 45% .272 .267 1.38 4.25 4.06
1971 DET MLB 31 15 122.3 136 49 43 13 .262 103 10.0 3.6 1.0 3.2 57% .284 .285 1.51 4.29 4.49
1972 DET MLB 18 7 47.0 62 8 24 3 .250 102 11.9 1.5 0.6 4.6 47% .362 .285 1.49 2.65 3.83
1973 ATL MLB 20 0 24.0 23 11 12 2 .264 107 8.6 4.1 0.8 4.5 44% .292 .282 1.42 4.01 4.12
1974 ATL MLB 27 2 43.0 36 18 31 5 .268 101 7.5 3.8 1.0 6.5 51% .254 .239 1.26 4.05 3.56
1975 HOU MLB 40 4 88.0 79 39 54 3 .263 95 8.1 4.0 0.3 5.5 49% .271 .245 1.34 3.23 3.07
1976 HOU MLB 36 13 118.0 107 56 77 8 .259 96 8.2 4.3 0.6 5.9 49% .265 .268 1.38 3.67 3.36
1977 HOU MLB 44 14 180.7 155 64 101 14 .260 90 7.7 3.2 0.7 5.0 52% .254 .241 1.21 3.70 3.04
1978 HOU MLB 35 29 202.7 190 73 97 13 .258 92 8.4 3.2 0.6 4.3 51% .265 .263 1.30 3.71 3.86
1979 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 221 107 119 17 .254 92 7.5 3.7 0.6 4.1 47% .241 .237 1.24 3.92 3.00
1980 HOU MLB 37 36 256.0 268 79 127 12 .253 95 9.4 2.8 0.4 4.5 51% .293 .258 1.36 3.34 3.55
1981 HOU MLB 24 24 166.0 150 47 77 8 .255 95 8.1 2.5 0.4 4.2 50% .261 .240 1.19 3.22 2.82
1982 HOU MLB 35 35 270.0 224 64 130 12 .253 94 7.5 2.1 0.4 4.3 55% .248 .216 1.07 3.13 2.47
1983 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 238 101 152 15 .257 94 8.1 3.4 0.5 5.2 53% .265 .244 1.29 3.44 3.48
1984 HOU MLB 38 38 248.3 223 89 127 16 .253 89 8.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 52% .262 .245 1.26 3.73 3.04
1985 HOU MLB 32 32 213.0 197 99 117 21 .254 90 8.3 4.2 0.9 4.9 49% .258 .262 1.39 4.27 3.72
1985 NYA MLB 3 3 12.3 14 8 4 3 .268 95 10.2 5.8 2.2 2.9 53% .256 .317 1.78 7.20 5.84
1986 NYA MLB 25 25 125.7 139 63 59 15 .266 101 10.0 4.5 1.1 4.2 47% .287 .280 1.61 4.93 4.87
1987 MIN MLB 19 18 96.3 115 45 54 11 .267 103 10.7 4.2 1.0 5.0 48% .317 .280 1.66 4.83 6.26
1987 NYA MLB 8 8 50.7 40 19 30 4 .260 98 7.1 3.4 0.7 5.3 45% .234 .234 1.16 4.08 3.55
1988 MIN MLB 5 2 11.7 16 9 7 2 .274 108 12.3 6.9 1.5 5.4 52% .341 .316 2.14 6.16 10.03

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
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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