Saturday, March 15, 2008

Best KC Starter

I got an email from Chris where he states that my attempt at naming Appier the Royals best pitcher ever was "misguided and misleading". Now he may have missed the part where I said just seeing how many seasons they were the best pitcher was subjective and doesn't mean anything. He also adds that there may be a pitcher who was KC's best six times in the 70's and using my criteria would make him KC's best pitcher ever. I doubt it but since he wasn't willing to look I will.

Here is Kansas City's best pitcher by season (min. 162 IP, though special circumstances may apply#).

1969 - Wally Bunker
1970 -
Bob Johnson
1971 -
Mike Hedlund
1972 -
Roger Nelson
1973 -
Paul Splittorff
1974 -
Al Fitzmorris
1975 -
Steve Busby
1976 -
Al Fitzmorris(2)
1977 -
Dennis Leonard
1978 -
Larry Gura
1979 -
Dennis Leonard(2)
1980 -
Larry Gura(2)
1981 -
Larry Gura(3)
1982 -
Vida Blue
1983 -
Bud Black#
1984 -
Bud Black(2)
1985 -
Charlie Leibrandt
1986 -
Danny Jackson
1987 -
Bret Saberhagen
1988 -
Mark Gubicza
1989 -
Bret Saberhagen(2)
1990 - Kevin Appier
1991 -
Bret Saberhagen(3)
1992 - Kevin Appier(2)
1993 -
Kevin Appier(3)
1994 -
David Cone
1995 -
Mark Gubicza(2)
1996 -
Kevin Appier(4)
1997 -
Kevin Appier(5)
1998 -
Tim Belcher
1999 -
Jose Rosado
2000 -
Mac Suzuki
2001 -
Jeff Suppan
2002 -
Paul Byrd
2003 -
Darrell May
2004 -
Zack Greinke#
2005 -
Runelvys Hernandez#
2006 -
Mark Redman
2007 -
Gil Meche

Seven pitchers in team history had 2+ seasons where they were the best on the team.
Appier - 5
Sabes - 3
Gura - 3
Gubicza - 2
Leonard -2
Black -2
Fitz - 2

Now I know this method is flawed and there are other better ways to determine the best pitcher but you have to admit that when the team leader in era+ (130) for starters sits atop the list it's not easy to dismiss.

8 comments:

  1. Busby won 22 games in 1974 and was not the best pitcher? Perhaps you need to look at more than era+.

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  2. Busby did have 102 more IP and 145 more K's so I think you can make the case that he was more valuable but he wasn't better.

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  3. Charlie Leibrandt better than Cy Young Sabes in 1985? How so?

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  4. In about the same amout of innings Liebrandt had a better era (2.69 vs 2.87) and a better era+ (154 vs 145).

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  5. I have no problems with your methodology. The voters often mess up Cy/MVP/RoY voting. And wins? Over ERA+? Never! What if the offense played better for Busby than Fitzmorris.

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  6. Busby got 5.28 runs of support and Fitz got just 4.16.

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  7. And that is why Busby won more games. Thanks, Jeff, for doing the work I should have done!

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  8. Busby shoulda won 25 or 26 games.

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