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Joe Cowley

Joseph Alan Cowley

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: August 15, 1958 in Lexington, KY
Signed
by the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1976. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 13, 1982 (Age 23.241, 12,183rd in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1982 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Yankees/WhiteSox/Braves/Phillies 1982-1987

Last Game: May 3, 1987 (Age 28.261)
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1982 23 ATL NL 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 4.15 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69
1984 25 NYY AL 9 2 .818 3.56 16 11 2 3 1 0 83.1 75 34 33 12 31 1 71 2 1 2 356 107 4.12 1.272 8.1 1.3 3.3 7.7 2.29
1985 26 NYY AL 12 6 .667 3.95 30 26 2 1 0 0 159.2 132 75 70 29 85 2 97 6 1 5 684 102 5.54 1.359 7.4 1.6 4.8 5.5 1.14
1986 27 CHW AL 11 11 .500 3.88 27 27 0 4 0 0 162.1 133 81 70 20 83 1 132 3 0 4 692 112 4.34 1.331 7.4 1.1 4.6 7.3 1.59
1987 28 PHI NL 0 4 .000 15.43 5 4 0 0 0 0 11.2 21 26 20 2 17 1 5 2 0 0 73 28 9.13 3.257 16.2 1.5 13.1 3.9 0.29
5 Yrs 33 25 .569 4.20 95 76 8 8 1 0 469.1 414 243 219 69 232 7 332 14 2 11 2026 97 4.81 1.376 7.9 1.3 4.4 6.4 1.43
162 Game Avg. 13 10 .569 4.20 38 30 3 3 0 0 187 165 97 87 27 92 3 132 6 1 4 806 97 4.81 1.376 7.9 1.3 4.4 6.4 1.43
NYY (2 yrs) 21 8 .724 3.81 46 37 4 4 1 0 243.0 207 109 103 41 116 3 168 8 2 7 1040 104 5.05 1.329 7.7 1.5 4.3 6.2 1.45
PHI (1 yr) 0 4 .000 15.43 5 4 0 0 0 0 11.2 21 26 20 2 17 1 5 2 0 0 73 28 9.13 3.257 16.2 1.5 13.1 3.9 0.29
ATL (1 yr) 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 4.15 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69
CHW (1 yr) 11 11 .500 3.88 27 27 0 4 0 0 162.1 133 81 70 20 83 1 132 3 0 4 692 112 4.34 1.331 7.4 1.1 4.6 7.3 1.59
AL (3 yrs) 32 19 .627 3.84 73 64 4 8 1 0 405.1 340 190 173 61 199 4 300 11 2 11 1732 107 4.77 1.330 7.5 1.4 4.4 6.7 1.51
NL (2 yrs) 1 6 .143 6.47 22 12 4 0 0 0 64.0 74 53 46 8 33 3 32 3 0 0 294 60 5.06 1.672 10.4 1.1 4.6 4.5 0.97
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1982 23 ATL NL 52.1 17 8 27 4.64 4.12 -0.20 0.02 103.4 4.49 -2 -0.2 .6 -0.0 0.3 4 .490 .499 $33,500
1984 25 NYY AL 83.1 16 11 34 3.67 4.51 -0.22 0.08 93.1 4.48 8 0.8 1.7 -0.0 1.6 15 .552 .505 $50,000
1985 26 NYY AL 159.2 30 26 75 4.23 4.71 0.16 0.12 97.8 4.57 6 0.6 .3 -0.1 2.0 21 .521 .504 $120,000
1986 27 CHW AL 162.1 27 27 81 4.49 4.69 0.36 0.16 103.4 4.65 2 0.3 -0.1 1.7 19 .509 .502 $295,000
1987 28 PHI NL 11.2 5 4 26 20.06 4.57 0.10 0.14 107.3 4.94 -20 -1.4 .4 0.0 -1.3 -18 .214 .491
5 Seasons 469.1 95 76 243 4.66 4.60 0.12 0.12 99.8 4.58 -5 0.1 .8 -0.2 4.3 40 .501 .502 $498,500
NYY (2 yrs) 243.0 46 37 109 4.04 4.64 0.03 0.11 96.2 4.54 14 1.5 1.1 -0.1 3.6 37 .532 .504 $170,000
PHI (1 yr) 11.2 5 4 26 20.06 4.57 0.10 0.14 107.3 4.94 -20 -1.4 .4 0.0 -1.3 -18 .214 .491
ATL (1 yr) 52.1 17 8 27 4.64 4.12 -0.20 0.02 103.4 4.49 -2 -0.2 .6 -0.0 0.3 4 .490 .499 $33,500
CHW (1 yr) 162.1 27 27 81 4.49 4.69 0.36 0.16 103.4 4.65 2 0.3 -0.1 1.7 19 .509 .502 $295,000

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
1982 23 ATL NL 17 221 200 27 53 11 1 6 10 4 16 27 .265 .321 .420 .741 .280 84 2 1 3 1 2 1
1984 25 NYY AL 16 356 321 34 75 9 4 12 4 1 31 71 .234 .303 .399 .702 .263 128 2 2 0 2 1 1
1985 26 NYY AL 30 684 588 75 132 17 3 29 12 7 85 97 .224 .327 .412 .738 .221 242 9 6 1 4 2 6
1986 27 CHW AL 27 692 596 81 133 25 1 20 17 5 83 132 .223 .319 .369 .688 .252 220 8 3 6 4 1 7
1987 28 PHI NL 5 73 54 26 21 4 1 2 6 0 17 5 .389 .548 .611 1.159 .404 33 2 2 0 0 1 0
5 Yrs 95 2026 1759 243 414 66 10 69 49 17 232 332 .235 .327 .402 .729 .252 707 23 14 10 11 7 15
162 Game Avg. 38 806 699 97 165 26 4 27 19 7 92 132 .235 .327 .402 .729 .252 281 9 6 4 4 3 6
MLB Averages .260 .325 .394 .719 .285

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1982 23 ATL NL -2.8 -0.3 236 -0.6 2.8 -3.4 .80 -0.3 -0.5 -8.5 -0.8 0.91 -1.9 1 1 7
1984 25 NYY AL 3.8 0.4 365 0.9 6.8 -5.9 1.07 0.5 0.3 5.4 0.6 0.92 4.8 2 2 1
1985 26 NYY AL 2.8 0.3 717 0.8 12.4 -11.6 .99 -0.5 1.3 5.9 0.6 0.91 -6.6 0 0 4
1986 27 CHW AL 7.0 0.7 722 0.5 11.9 -11.4 .98 0.1 0.3 3.3 0.3 0.94 2.5 0 0 0
1987 28 PHI NL -15.4 -1.3 79 -1.2 1.0 -2.3 1.11 -1.1 0.0 -14.7 -1.3 1.19 -12.7 0 0 1
5 Yrs -4.6 -0.3 2119 0.3 34.9 -34.6 .99 -1.2 1.5 -8.6 -0.6 0.93 -13.8 3 3 13

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
1982 23 ATL NL 17 8 0 2 6 0 0 4 4 .500 1 0 0 0 2 25% 46.4 68 9 10 0 0 2 4.1 3.6 4.8
1984 25 NYY AL 16 11 8 0 3 5 0 11 0 1.000 2 1 3 1 3 27% 54.4 82 25 12 3 0 7 7.4 7.5 6.6
1985 26 NYY AL 30 26 11 6 9 3 0 16 10 .615 2 5 1 0 11 42% 50.8 75 21 20 6 1 14 5.1 4.3 5.7
1986 27 CHW AL 27 27 11 11 5 3 3 13 14 .481 2 1 4 0 14 52% 53.4 84 8 20 6 0 9 4.7 5.0 6.0
1987 28 PHI NL 5 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0% 26.8 38 20 8 7 0 3 2.0 1.8 2.8
5 Yrs 95 76 30 23 23 11 3 44 32 .579 7 7 8 1 30 39% 51 84 8 70 22 1 35 5.0 4.9 5.7
MLB Averages .500 50% 50 98 -12 4.4 4.4 6.2

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
1982 23 ATL NL 17 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 100% 7 .803 1 1 7 1 1 7 3 6 4 2 4 1 4.7
1984 25 NYY AL 16 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0% 6 1.073 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 4 3 1 4 0 6.6
1985 26 NYY AL 30 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 100% 2 .993 0 0 4 0 0 4 1 3 3 0 3 0 9.5
1987 28 PHI NL 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0% 3 1.111 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.0
4 Yrs 68 19 8 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 8 6 75% .989 3 3 13 2 3 14 6 13 10 4 12 1 6.1

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
1982 23 ATL NL 221 49% 2.7% 12.2% 7.2% 8.1% 34% 0.85 76% 33 2 6%
1984 25 NYY AL 356 42% 3.4% 19.9% 8.7% 7.0% 33% 0.62 67% 60 2 3%
1985 26 NYY AL 684 41% 4.2% 14.2% 12.4% 7.2% 37% 0.72 68% 115 9 8%
1986 27 CHW AL 692 45% 2.9% 19.1% 12.0% 6.7% 35% 0.87 65% 121 8 7%
1987 28 PHI NL 73 45% 2.7% 6.9% 23.3% 9.6% 33% 1.31 64% 22 2 9%
5 Yrs 2026 44% 3.4% 16.4% 11.5% 7.2% 35% 0.78 68% 351 23 7%
MLB Averages 41% 2.3% 14.3% 8.6% 6.9% 30% 1.08 73% 11%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
1982 23 ATL NL 221 53 6 1 4 3 3 3 3 16 9 1 56% 1 0 1 66 10 4 71% 10 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
1984 25 NYY AL 356 75 12 0 7 4 8 8 4 17 7 6 41% 1 2 0 117 4 1 80% 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1985 26 NYY AL 684 132 29 1 9 14 15 10 19 21 12 0 57% 6 5 0 236 12 7 63% 12 7 0 0 0 0 5 1 14 0
1986 27 CHW AL 692 133 20 0 22 10 10 6 14 34 17 6 50% 7 4 1 240 17 5 77% 16 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 11 0
1987 28 PHI NL 73 21 2 0 7 2 0 1 1 16 6 1 38% 0 0 1 29 6 0 100% 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
5 Yrs 2026 414 69 2 49 33 36 28 41 104 51 14 49% 15 11 3 688 49 17 74% 45 13 3 3 1 1 5 1 33 0
MLB Averages 53% 68%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
1982 23 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69 85
1983 24 1 2 .333 4.47 17 8 4 0 0 0 52.1 53 27 26 6 16 2 27 1 0 0 221 85 1.318 9.1 1.0 2.8 4.6 1.69 85
1984 25 10 4 .714 3.91 33 19 6 3 1 0 135.2 128 61 59 18 47 3 98 3 1 2 577 97 1.290 8.5 1.2 3.1 6.5 2.09 97
1985 26 22 10 .688 3.93 63 45 8 4 1 0 295.1 260 136 129 47 132 5 195 9 2 7 1261 100 1.327 7.9 1.4 4.0 5.9 1.48 100
1986 27 33 21 .611 3.91 90 72 8 8 1 0 457.2 393 217 199 67 215 6 327 12 2 11 1953 104 1.328 7.7 1.3 4.2 6.4 1.52 104
1987 28 33 25 .569 4.20 95 76 8 8 1 0 469.1 414 243 219 69 232 7 332 14 2 11 2026 97 1.376 7.9 1.3 4.4 6.4 1.43 97

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
1982 23 3 3 .500 4.33 52.0 55 28 25 6 17 27 1 1.385 9.5 2.9 4.7 1.59 1.0 17
1984 25 5 4 .556 3.47 83.0 77 35 32 12 32 71 2 1.313 8.3 3.5 7.7 2.22 1.3 16
1985 26 9 9 .500 3.83 160.0 134 75 68 29 86 97 6 1.375 7.5 4.8 5.5 1.13 1.6 30
1986 27 9 9 .500 3.78 162.0 129 75 68 19 81 132 3 1.296 7.2 4.5 7.3 1.63 1.1 27
1987 28 0 1 .000 16.50 12.0 20 24 22 2 16 5 2 3.000 15.0 12.0 3.8 0.31 1.5 5
5 Yrs 26 26 .500 4.13 469.0 415 237 215 68 232 332 14 1.380 8.0 6.4 1.43 1.3 95



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1986 Sep 21st AL Player of the Week

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1985 AL  .667 (4th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1986 AL  7.374 (5th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1986 AL  7.318 (10th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1985 AL  29 (5th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1926), Average HOFer ≈ 185
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1280th), 4.4 career WAR/4.4 7yr-peak WAR/4.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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