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  Tale of the Tape
  Anderson Sparks
Pos P P
Height 6-3 6-0
Weight 230 187
Yrs 2009-15 1995-2004
Years 7 9
HoF No No
All-Star 0 0
CYA Shares 0.0 0.0
MVP Shares 0.0 0.0
Gold Gloves 0 0
HOFm 1.0 0.5
HOFs 8.0 1.0
Black Ink 0 2
Gray Ink 5 12
  per-162 Games
  Anderson Sparks
Yrs 3.5 6.6
IP 195 199
G-GS 36-32 41-27
W-L 11-12 9-11
SV 1 0
H 201 218
BB 52 78
SO 145 99
HR 17 23
ERA 3.72 4.88
ERA+ 109 95

For pitchers, seasons is (G+GS)/68.0.
For batters, seasons is G/162.0.

  Career Stats
  Anderson Sparks
W 37 59
L 41 76
W-L% .474 .437
ERA 3.72 4.88
ERA+ 109 95
IP 674.3 1319.7
G 123 270
GS 112 182
CG 3 16
SHO 1 2
SV 3 3
H 696 1451
R 318 800
ER 279 716
HR 59 154
BB 179 520
SO 502 658
BF 2828 5832
WHIP 1.298 1.494
H9 9.3 9.9
HR9 0.8 1.1
BB9 2.4 3.5
SO9 6.7 4.5
SO/W 2.80 1.27
Seasonal WAR
(Best → Worst)
Rk Anderson Sparks
1 2.3 4.3
2 2.0 3.2
3 1.5 3.1
4 1.1 1.4
5 0.9 -0.1
6 0.9 -0.1
7 -0.7 -0.2
8 -0.7
9 -0.9
Total 8.0 10.0
Wt Sum** 7.4 10.0
Wa MVP 0.0 0.0
WaE 0.0 1.6

** 1 × best + 0.95 × 2nd-best + …