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Not So Gross After All?

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 27, 2009

Today I was wondering about which starting pitchers were consistent in terms of taking a regular turn and providing innings pitched - but who were also not stellar or terrible that season. Who did this most often? So, I turned to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder and set the controls for:

For single seasons, from 1901 to 2009, requiring GS>=30, IP>=200, ERA+>=90 and <=110, sorted by greatest number of seasons matching criteria

and, I got this leader board:

Rk   Yrs To From Age  
1 Don Sutton 9 1966 1985 21-40  
2 Frank Tanana 8 1974 1993 20-39  
3 Mickey Lolich 7 1965 1975 24-34  
4 Kevin Gross 6 1985 1993 24-32  
5 Tom Browning 6 1985 1991 25-31  
6 Nolan Ryan 6 1976 1988 29-41  
7 Paul Splittorff 6 1972 1980 25-33  
8 Phil Niekro 6 1970 1986 31-47  
9 Joe Niekro 6 1969 1985 24-40  
10 Steve Carlton 6 1968 1984 23-39  
11 Bob Friend 6 1956 1965 25-34  
12 Earl Whitehill 6 1924 1935 25-36  
13 George Mullin 6 1902 1910 21-29  
14 Walt Terrell 5 1984 1991 26-33  
15 Bruce Hurst 5 1983 1992 25-34  
16 Bill Gullickson 5 1982 1992 23-33  
17 Jack Morris 5 1980 1992 25-37  
18 Rick Sutcliffe 5 1979 1989 23-33  
19 Mike Flanagan 5 1977 1988 25-36  
20 Jerry Koosman 5 1974 1980 31-37  
21 Tommy John 5 1971 1983 28-40  
22 Rudy May 5 1970 1977 25-32  
23 Rick Wise 5 1969 1975 23-29  
24 Jim Kaat 5 1969 1976 30-37  
25 Ray Culp 5 1963 1971 21-29  
26 Robin Roberts 5 1949 1963 22-36  
27 Hooks Dauss 5 1914 1923 24-33  
28 Jack Powell 5 1901 1907 26-32  
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/27/2009.

 

Some of the names here are the ones that you may expect. But, I didn't think Kevin Gross would be so high on the list.  Anyone here that surprises you?

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6 Responses to “Not So Gross After All?”

  1. Don Sutton is the ultimate compiler.

  2. Frank Tanana is a pretty underrated guy, I think, mainly because he hung around for a long time and many of today's fans can remember him as a fairly ineffective pitcher. But he was quite reliable and productive in his day, if not stellar on a routine basis.

    Way to go with the table formatting, Steve!

  3. Tanana was easily the best Angel pitcher of the mid-to-late 70s which says something because Nolan Ryan was also on the staff. He got hurt, though, and lost his fastball and had to reinvent himself as a junkball pitcher who nobody could really get too excited about. Still, its impressive that he could put together so many middle-of-the-rotation, innings-eating seasons *after* losing his best pitch due to injury.

  4. All I know about Kevin Gross is his May 14, 1990 feat with Fernando

  5. What surprises me about the list is that 24 of the 28 were active after 1960 (which on a personal level means they played recently enough that I've been able to see them). Of course, after 1960 means after expansion, and it stands to reason that more teams means more pitchers which means more mid-rotation inning eaters. I suppose 5-man rotation also works in favor of getting on the list, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that the list is so heavily weighted toward the 1960s and beyond. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, but I am.

  6. I like that Joe and Phil Niekro both had 6 such seasons.