Posted by Andy on June 18, 2007
OK, stat geeks. Who is the only pitcher since 1980 to have a WHIP under 1.00 and a W/L% under .500, with a minimum of 20 decisions?
You Milwaukee Brewer fans out there will undoubtedly remember immediately that it was Ben Sheets in 2004.
Holy cow, has a pitcher ever had worse luck over the course of a season? First check out his basic numbers for 2004:
34 games and starts
201 hits allowed
32 BBs / 264 Ks
2.70 ERA, compared to 4.14 league ERA
and yet, W/L record of only 12 W and 14 L.
How did this happen? Well, Sheets' 2004 game log tells most of the story. He was supported with 0, 1, or 2 runs in 14 starts, and he went 1-12 in those 14 games. In his only two losses where the Brew Crew scored more than 2 runs, they lost the games 5-4 and 8-3.
Overall, the Brewers were terrible that year, finishing 67-94, with the third-fewest runs scored in the league. Still, Sheets deserved much better.