Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What Meche did


Meche's 2007 season was the best year a KC starter has had in the last 10 years. You have to go back to 1997 to find a pitcher who had an all around better season than Meche did last year. And that pitcher, Kevin Appier, was one of the best in baseball from 1990-1997




His 216 innings were the most since 2002 (Paul Byrd, 228)
His 3.67 era was the lowest since 1997 (Kevin Appier, 3.40)
His 156 strikeouts were the most since 1997 (Appier, 196)
His 128 era+ was the highest since 2003 (Darrell May, 130)



So here are the top 5 seasons by a KC starter in the last 10 years (162 min IP)

1. Gil Meche 2007 (9-13 3.67 era 128 era+ 216 IP 156 K's)
2. Darrell May 2003 (10-8 3.77 era 130 era+ 210 IP 115 K's)
3. Jose Rosado 1999 (10-14 3.85 era 130 era+ 208 IP 141 K's)
4. Paul Byrd 2002 (17-11 3.90 era 127 era+ 228.1 IP 129 K' )
5. Brian Bannister 2007 (12-9 3.87 era 121 era+ 165 IP 77 K's)
Honorable mention:
Zack Grienke 2004 (8-11 3.97 era 120 era+ 145 IP 100 K's)


And here are the 5 worst:

1. Jose Lima 2005 (5-16 6.99 era 63 era+ 168.2 IP 80 K's)
2. Zack Grienke 2005 (5-17 5.80 era 76 era+ 183 IP 114 K's)
3. Mark Redman 2006 (11-10 5.71 era 82 era+ 167 IP 76 K's)
4. Brian Anderson 2004 (6-12 5.64 era 85 era+ 166 IP 70 K's)
4. Darrell May 2004 (9-19 5.61 era 85 era+ 186 IP 120 K's)
Dishonorable mention:
Chris George 2003 (9-6 7.11 era 69 era+ 93.2 IP 39 K's)

It's amazing that all these guys were allowed to pitch that many innings. In fact, Redman was KC's pitcher of the year in '06. I guess Leo Sweetland and the 1930 Phillies were ahead of their time.

4 comments:

  1. Paul Byrd in 2002 should be #1. A pitchers job is to win games and Byrds 17 wins is the most in the top 5.

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  2. I doubt you really believe that.

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  3. I do believe that.
    17>9, basic math.

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  4. The 2002 offense gave Byrd 4.92 runs a game.
    The 2007 offense gave Meche 3.84 runs a game.

    Wins are nice but they are not the most accurate way to judge a pitchers performance. Meche had 15 starts where he gave up 3 runs or less and ended up with a loss or no decision.

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