Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Comps To The End

Life can be a strange thing, death too I suppose. Consider the case of Paul Splittorff, Mike Flanagan and Bob Forsch, three statistically similar pitchers from the same era. They are each others top comps at baseball-reference.com and all three have passed away this year. I honestly don't know how unusual this is, it actually may not be, but I found it interesting nonetheless.

Name W L ERA IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
Splittorff 166 143 3.81 2554.2 101 1.340 9.3 2.7 3.7 1.36
Flanagan 167 143 3.90 2770.0 100 1.334 9.1 2.9 4.8 1.68
Forsch 168 136 3.76 2794.1 98 1.291 8.9 2.7 3.6 1.36

If you missed my interview with former Royals broadcaster Denny Trease you can check that out here. Denny recalls Splitt the pitcher and covers the smooth transition from the mound to the booth. I still believe that Trease/Splitt remain the top TV duo in the team's history.

4 comments:

Devon said...

That's really unique I think. I notice Forsch had a slightly better record & ERA, but I'm guessing that's 'cause he didn't face the DH as much as Splitt & Flan.

Jeff Parker said...

Which is probably why they had higher ERA+'s.

Adam Darowski said...

WAR makes them diverge a bit, but still very close:

Splittorff: 20.9
Flanagan: 23.9
Forsch: 18.6

Jeff Parker said...

True, though Forsch would've been at 21.3 had he not put on an Astros jersey.