• Pitchers With 3+ Terrible Career Post-Season Starts

    Posted by on July 13th, 2012 · Comments (4)

    “Terrible” here means “requiring IP less than or equal to 5 and ER greater than or equal to 4.” The list:

    Rk Player #Matching   W L ERA GS IP HR BB SO WHIP
    1 Andy Pettitte 8 Ind. Games 0 4 13.50 8 29.1 9 12 17 2.66
    2 Jaret Wright 4 Ind. Games 0 3 16.05 4 12.1 8 5 16 2.51
    3 Tim Wakefield 4 Ind. Games 0 3 14.59 4 12.1 5 11 12 2.27
    4 Todd Stottlemyre 4 Ind. Games 0 3 16.20 4 11.2 3 7 8 2.83
    5 Bret Saberhagen 4 Ind. Games 0 2 15.75 4 12.0 6 6 9 2.58
    6 Greg Maddux 4 Ind. Games 0 3 12.60 4 15.0 3 6 7 2.53
    7 Tom Glavine 4 Ind. Games 0 4 22.09 4 11.0 5 8 6 3.36
    8 John Tudor 3 Ind. Games 0 2 11.91 3 11.1 4 6 3 2.47
    9 CC Sabathia 3 Ind. Games 0 2 13.50 3 12.0 2 13 11 2.67
    10 Kenny Rogers 3 Ind. Games 0 1 12.54 3 9.1 2 6 9 2.25
    11 Jerry Reuss 3 Ind. Games 0 3 12.54 3 9.1 2 4 4 2.36
    12 Russ Ortiz 3 Ind. Games 0 0 15.43 3 9.1 4 4 4 2.68
    13 Shaun Marcum 3 Ind. Games 0 3 14.90 3 9.2 3 5 5 2.28
    14 Al Leiter 3 Ind. Games 0 0 13.50 3 8.2 2 10 6 2.88
    15 Catfish Hunter 3 Ind. Games 0 3 14.40 3 10.0 6 1 3 1.90
    16 Scott Garrelts 3 Ind. Games 0 2 9.00 3 12.0 5 2 10 1.92
    17 Whitey Ford 3 Ind. Games 0 3 10.66 3 12.2 3 3 8 2.05
    18 David Cone 3 Ind. Games 1 1 13.94 3 10.1 2 7 12 2.52
    19 Roger Clemens 3 Ind. Games 0 3 12.00 3 12.0 3 9 9 2.25
    20 Chris Carpenter 3 Ind. Games 0 1 9.00 3 13.0 3 11 6 2.38
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 7/13/2012.

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    The Yankees hope that Pettitte and Sabathia don’t add to this list in 2012.

    Comments on Pitchers With 3+ Terrible Career Post-Season Starts

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 13th, 2012 | 12:22 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      The Yankees hope that Pettitte and Sabathia don’t add to this list in 2012.

      Fairly obvious, no? Of course the Yankees hope that their best pitchers pitch well. Doesn’t every team hope that their best players perform up to their expected levels?

      That’s why the 2006 and 2007 ALDS stung so much: we had every reason to expect Randy Johnson (2006) and Chien-Ming Wang (2007) to pitch well and yet neither one did. Had they performed up to the levels we assumed they would, the Yankees most likely would’ve advanced to the ALCS. Shit happens though, and you just never know when.

    2. MJ Recanati
      July 13th, 2012 | 12:24 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      That’s why the 2006 and 2007 ALDS stung so much: we had every reason to expect Randy Johnson (2006)

      Correction: meant to refer to RJ’s disappointing ALDS performance in 2005, not 2006. He was lousy in 2006 so his implosion vs. Detroit was not unexpected. It was, however, unexpected based on how well he had been pitching going into the ’05 playoffs.

    3. Jeremy1973
      July 13th, 2012 | 6:19 pm

      Lake Erie midges aside… for me, 2005 and 2006 were the toughest of the ALDS losses. Randy’s Game Three implosion in ’05 was a killer. How many times in MLB Playoff history has the home team lost a game where they scored as many as seven runs? Probably not very often.

      I remember the sense of dread I felt when Kevin Brown was announced as Game Seven starter in the ’04 ALCS; I told everyone I knew that we would have to score 15 runs to win that night. Likewise when Jaret Wright was slated to pitch Game Four of the ’06 ALDS. It felt like the series was already over.

      BTW… at the time, I agreed with the infamous “A-Rod batting 8th” lineup. He’d looked SO awful in the first three games of the series. Baseball is impossible to figure out (Suzyn)… for all of Torre’s questionable decisions in his later years, “A-Rod batting 8th” was one I never had a problem with.

    4. Raf
      July 14th, 2012 | 7:37 am

      To be fair, RJ got a ND in game 3 of the 2005 ALDS. 2006 sucked, as he was pitching a few hours after receiving an epidural for his back. 2007 sucked because of midges and Wang getting shelled twice.

      Jeremy1973 wrote:

      I remember the sense of dread I felt when Kevin Brown was announced as Game Seven starter in the ’04 ALCS; I told everyone I knew that we would have to score 15 runs to win that night.

      I was thinking of the odds he’d throw two stinkers in a row. I thought it’d be like game 4; gut it out for 4-5 innings then bullpen roulette; maybe Mo would’ve had to get a 3 inning save.

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