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Eh, no matter. Held was batting eighth, and that meant up to the plate came Cleveland’s pitcher, Pedro Ramos. There’s an irony that Ramos would be a batter in this sequence, because he was a gopher-ball prone pitcher himself. Three times he’d led the league in homers allowed and he’d end the season ranked sixth all-time in dingers surrendered. Even better, Ramos holds an unusual record: most homers allowed to opposing pitchers, 15. Yet in this at bat Ramos would be the slugger, not the slugged. He took Foytack deep for the second straight homer.
I have a mental block which prevents me from knowing the difference between Hank Bauer and Hank Sauer. The difference today is that Hank Bauer is the manager of the Birthday Team.
I have a mental block which prevents me from knowing the difference between Hank Bauer and Hank Sauer.
I had the thought that maybe we could rate all starting pitchers against one another in the same way we rank college football teams or college basketball teams. Michigan did not play Robert Morris in basketball in 2012-2013, but Michigan played Binghamton and Binghamton played Monmouth and Monmouth played Robert Morris. In this way, and considering the entire universe of games in one continuous loop, one can compare all college basketball teams to one another, because their schedules all interlock. We use those comparisons to rate college basketball teams.
In the same way, all starting pitchers interlock. Johnny Antonelli did not pitch against Clayton Kershaw, but Johnny Antonelli started three games against Don Drysdale, Drysdale started against Steve Carlton, Carlton started against Orel Hershiser (August 26, 1984), and Hershiser started several games against Livan Hernandez. Hernandez started against Lincecum, Cole Hamels and many other pitchers who started against Kershaw. We can compare Antonelli to Kershaw, then, by considering the entire universe of starts in one continuous loop, as we do in basketball.
I didn’t actually believe this was going to work, you understand; I just thought it would be kind of fun to play around with.
I assigned every pitcher an initial rank of 15.000... I assume that every pitcher has a minimum of 100 starts. If the pitcher actually has 100 starts, well and good. But if he doesn’t have 100 career starts, then we fill in the missing games with an average score of 13.00. Let’s assume that that pitcher is Mike Crudale...
When we figure these rankings for every pitcher, the best pitcher of all time, after the first iteration of the data, is. . ..Phil Hughes? It is... I don’t know why Phil Hughes ranks first here. His career winning percentage is very good, and I would presume that the Yankees must have scored a lot of runs for him, giving him some lop-sided wins, and that they must have won most of the games in which he has had no decision, so that his average margin of victory must be larger than any other pitcher.
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