Posted by Andy on December 30, 2007
I know I have written a ton about Blyleven already, but I find it very compelling to see how much support he has gotten all over the place (Sean McAdam, one of the most overrated baseball journalists on the face of the Earth, notwithstanding.) Today I noticed this post over at Cardboard Junkie, which contains a lot of good data.
There are so many searches you can do like this for Blyleven. They are all staggering. Here's one for you:
I went to Blyleven's Pitching Game Finder page and found all the games he started that were team losses where he pitched at least 7 innings and gave up 2 ER or fewer. The full list of such games is here. Bert had 60 such games in his career, with a record of 0-40 in those 60 games.
I calculated his cumulative stats over those 60 starts. He had 478 IP, allowing 389 hits, 114 runs, 90 earned runs, with 127 BB and 373 K.
Think about those numbers:
- That's an average of just a hair under 8 innings per start
- He allowed only 90 earned runs, but the team allowed another 24 (!!) unearned runs to score, which has a lot to do with why Blyleven lost these games. That's a totally ridiculous ratio of unearned runs (but of course the selection criteria is for losses and therefore favors games in which extra runs were allowed.)
- It's a cumulative ERA of just 1.69...and he got 40 losses for such pitching.
- His WHIP over these games was 1.08.
Anyway, I don't know what else can be said about Blyleven. This year's votes are already in, and based on info I have seen online about actual ballots placed by eligible writers, he's not going to get enough votes this year. If that turns out to be the case, you can expect a lot more Blyleven posts from me over the next year.