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Butch Metzger

Clarence Edward Metzger

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: May 23, 1952 in Lafayette, IN
High School: John F. Kennedy HS (Sacramento, CA)
Drafted
by the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd round of the 1970 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 8, 1974 (Age 22.108)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1976 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Padres/Cardinals/Mets/Giants 1974-1978

Final Game: June 28, 1978 (Age 26.036)
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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
1974 22 SFG NL 1 0 1.000 3.55 10 0 4 0 0 0 12.2 11 5 5 0 12 7 5 0 0 0 60 111 4.63 1.816 7.8 0.0 8.5 3.6 0.42
1975 23 SDP NL 1 0 1.000 7.71 4 0 3 0 0 0 4.2 6 4 4 1 4 1 6 0 0 0 24 49 5.37 2.143 11.6 1.9 7.7 11.6 1.50
1976 24 SDP NL 11 4 .733 2.92 77 0 62 0 0 16 123.1 119 44 40 5 52 14 89 3 1 0 528 112 3.05 1.386 8.7 0.4 3.8 6.5 1.71 RoY-1
1977 25 TOT NL 4 2 .667 3.59 75 1 32 0 0 7 115.1 105 52 46 13 50 6 54 2 0 2 494 107 4.62 1.344 8.2 1.0 3.9 4.2 1.08
1977 25 SDP NL 0 0 5.56 17 1 4 0 0 0 22.2 27 16 14 5 12 4 6 1 0 0 105 65 6.80 1.721 10.7 2.0 4.8 2.4 0.50
1977 25 STL NL 4 2 .667 3.11 58 0 28 0 0 7 92.2 78 36 32 8 38 2 48 1 0 2 389 125 4.09 1.252 7.6 0.8 3.7 4.7 1.26
1978 26 NYM NL 1 3 .250 6.51 25 0 11 0 0 0 37.1 48 28 27 4 22 7 21 1 1 0 180 54 4.70 1.875 11.6 1.0 5.3 5.1 0.95
5 Yrs 18 9 .667 3.74 191 1 112 0 0 23 293.1 289 133 122 23 140 35 175 6 2 2 1286 95 3.98 1.463 8.9 0.7 4.3 5.4 1.25
162 Game Avg. 6 3 .667 3.74 68 0 40 0 0 8 104 102 47 43 8 50 12 62 2 1 1 455 95 3.98 1.463 8.9 0.7 4.3 5.4 1.25
SDP (3 yrs) 12 4 .750 3.46 98 1 69 0 0 16 150.2 152 64 58 11 68 19 101 4 1 0 657 96 3.69 1.460 9.1 0.7 4.1 6.0 1.49
NYM (1 yr) 1 3 .250 6.51 25 0 11 0 0 0 37.1 48 28 27 4 22 7 21 1 1 0 180 54 4.70 1.875 11.6 1.0 5.3 5.1 0.95
SFG (1 yr) 1 0 1.000 3.55 10 0 4 0 0 0 12.2 11 5 5 0 12 7 5 0 0 0 60 111 4.63 1.816 7.8 0.0 8.5 3.6 0.42
STL (1 yr) 4 2 .667 3.11 58 0 28 0 0 7 92.2 78 36 32 8 38 2 48 1 0 2 389 125 4.09 1.252 7.6 0.8 3.7 4.7 1.26
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
1974 22 SFG NL 12.2 10 0 5 3.55 4.36 -0.02 -0.35 106.9 4.30 1 0.1 1.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .511 .501
1975 23 SDP NL 4.2 4 0 4 7.71 4.12 -0.21 -0.33 91.3 3.65 -2 -0.2 .6 0.0 -0.1 -2 .443 .499
1976 24 SDP NL 123.1 77 0 44 3.21 4.09 0.11 -0.33 96.1 3.50 3 0.3 1.5 -0.1 1.4 14 .504 .502 RoY-1
1977 25 SDP NL 22.2 17 1 16 6.35 4.53 -0.20 -0.30 91.8 4.07 -6 -0.6 .8 0.0 -0.4 -4 .464 .496
1977 25 STL NL 92.2 58 0 36 3.50 4.47 0.21 -0.34 98.1 3.85 3 0.3 1.1 -0.2 0.9 12 .506 .502
1978 26 NYM NL 37.1 25 0 28 6.75 4.13 -0.14 -0.34 98.6 3.88 -12 -1.3 .7 0.1 -0.9 -9 .447 .492
5 Seasons 293.1 191 1 133 4.08 4.26 0.08 -0.33 97.1 3.74 -14 -1.4 1.1 -0.1 1.1 13 .493 .500
SDP (3 yrs) 150.2 98 1 64 3.82 4.16 0.06 -0.33 95.3 3.59 -5 -0.5 1.3 -0.0 0.8 8 .495 .501
NYM (1 yr) 37.1 25 0 28 6.75 4.13 -0.14 -0.34 98.6 3.88 -12 -1.3 .7 0.1 -0.9 -9 .447 .492
SFG (1 yr) 12.2 10 0 5 3.55 4.36 -0.02 -0.35 106.9 4.30 1 0.1 1.1 -0.0 0.2 2 .511 .501
STL (1 yr) 92.2 58 0 36 3.50 4.47 0.21 -0.34 98.1 3.85 3 0.3 1.1 -0.2 0.9 12 .506 .502

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
1974 22 SFG NL 10 60 46 5 11 5 0 0 0 1 12 5 .239 .397 .348 .744 .268 16 0 0 2 0 7 0
1975 23 SDP NL 4 24 19 4 6 1 0 1 0 0 4 6 .316 .417 .526 .943 .385 10 0 0 0 1 1 0
1976 24 SDP NL 77 528 461 44 119 15 0 5 14 3 52 89 .258 .335 .323 .658 .307 149 14 3 8 4 14 5
1977 25 SDP NL 17 105 88 16 27 3 1 5 1 2 12 6 .307 .388 .534 .922 .278 47 1 1 2 2 4 2
1977 25 STL NL 58 389 342 36 78 22 1 8 3 3 38 48 .228 .305 .368 .674 .243 126 6 1 6 2 2 7
1977 25 TOT NL 75 494 430 52 105 25 2 13 4 5 50 54 .244 .323 .402 .725 .251 173 7 2 8 4 6 9
1978 26 NYM NL 25 180 148 28 48 5 0 4 2 1 22 21 .324 .406 .439 .845 .346 65 1 1 5 4 7 1
5 Yrs 191 1286 1104 133 289 51 2 23 20 10 140 175 .262 .344 .374 .719 .289 413 22 6 23 13 35 15
162 Game Avg. 68 455 391 47 102 18 1 8 7 4 50 62 .262 .344 .374 .719 .289 146 8 2 8 5 12 5
MLB Averages .258 .325 .377 .702 .282

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
1974 22 SFG NL 0.8 0.1 61 0.1 0.8 -0.7 .82 0.1 -0.0 0.4 0.0 1.24 1.4 3 1 6
1975 23 SDP NL -1.9 -0.2 24 0.1 0.4 -0.3 1.01 -0.1 0.2 -2.0 -0.2 1.04 -1.3 1 0 2
1976 24 SDP NL 5.9 0.6 549 1.4 12.0 -10.6 1.33 0.6 0.5 10.2 1.1 1.09 5.9 29 15 32
1977 25 TOT NL 2.7 0.3 505 -0.3 6.5 -6.8 .81 -0.2 -0.2 4.6 0.5 0.98 -3.4 20 12 39
1977 25 SDP NL -5.5 -0.5 108 -0.6 0.7 -1.4 .58 -0.5 -0.5 -7.4 -0.8 1.01 -7.6 2 2 12
1977 25 STL NL 8.1 0.8 397 0.3 5.8 -5.5 .87 0.3 -0.0 12.0 1.2 0.97 4.2 18 10 27
1978 26 NYM NL -11.8 -1.2 185 -1.3 1.5 -2.8 .73 -0.8 -0.9 -9.9 -1.0 1.10 -10.3 4 5 16
5 Yrs -4.2 -0.4 1324 0.0 21.3 -21.3 1.02 -0.4 0.4 3.3 0.4 1.05 -7.6 57 33 95

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
1977 25 TOT NL 75 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 1 0 0 0 0% 30 30 20 7 0 0 11.0 0.0 2.3
1977 25 SDP NL 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 1 0 0 0 0% 30.0 30 30 7 1 0 0 11.0 0.0 2.3
1 Yr 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 1 0 0 0 0% 30 30 30 7 1 0 0 11.0 0.0 2.3
MLB Averages .500 54% 51 106 -13 4.2 4.2 6.5

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
1974 22 SFG NL 10 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5 56% 6 .824 3 1 6 0 3 7 5 5 4 4 5 2 3.8
1975 23 SDP NL 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1.009 1 0 2 0 1 3 0 4 1 0 1 0 3.5
1976 24 SDP NL 77 77 62 11 4 24 16 8 67% 25 1 58 18 31% 8 1.333 29 15 32 28 10 39 33 44 46 7 47 32 4.8
1977 25 TOT NL 75 74 32 4 2 11 7 4 64% 15 4 43 12 28% .808 20 12 39 18 7 49 26 48 40 14 46 30 4.6
1977 25 SDP NL 17 16 4 0 0 1 0 1 0% 1 0 15 6 40% 6 .578 2 2 12 2 1 13 9 7 6 6 8 6 3.8
1977 25 STL NL 58 58 28 4 2 10 7 3 70% 14 4 28 6 21% 8 .870 18 10 27 16 6 36 17 41 34 8 38 24 4.8
1978 26 NYM NL 25 25 11 1 3 0 0 0 3 3 12 2 17% 7 .730 4 5 16 3 3 19 6 19 16 7 17 6 4.5
5 Yrs 191 190 112 18 9 35 23 12 66% 43 8 122 37 30% 1.017 57 33 95 49 24 117 70 120 107 32 116 70 4.6

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%
1974 22 SFG NL 60 63% 0.0% 8.3% 20.0% 8.3% 46% 1.00 68% 10 0 0%
1975 23 SDP NL 24 75% 4.2% 25.0% 16.7% 8.3% 33% 0.14 54% 6 0 0%
1976 24 SDP NL 528 63% 1.0% 16.9% 9.9% 3.8% 17% 0.94 70% 124 14 11%
1977 25 TOT NL 494 65% 2.6% 10.9% 10.1% 8.1% 38% 0.80 74% 80 7 9%
1977 25 SDP NL 105 65% 4.8% 5.7% 11.4% 8.6% 33% 0.93 75% 12 1 8%
1977 25 STL NL 389 65% 2.1% 12.3% 9.8% 8.0% 40% 0.77 74% 68 6 9%
1978 26 NYM NL 180 56% 2.2% 11.7% 12.2% 5.0% 19% 0.53 71% 55 1 2%
5 Yrs 1286 63% 1.8% 13.6% 10.9% 5.9% 26% 0.81 71% 275 22 8%
MLB Averages 45% 1.9% 13.0% 8.6% 6.2% 27% 1.09 75% 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
1974 22 SFG NL 60 11 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 33% 0 0 0 24 0 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1975 23 SDP NL 24 6 1 0 3 1 0 1 0 3 1 1 33% 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1976 24 SDP NL 528 119 5 0 26 1 4 3 2 37 19 4 51% 5 0 1 234 14 3 82% 13 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 8 0
1977 25 TOT NL 494 105 13 0 17 8 5 4 9 24 11 3 46% 9 2 0 187 4 5 44% 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1977 25 SDP NL 105 27 5 0 4 3 2 2 3 9 3 0 33% 2 0 0 35 1 2 33% 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1977 25 STL NL 389 78 8 0 13 5 3 2 6 15 8 3 53% 7 2 0 152 3 3 50% 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1978 26 NYM NL 180 48 4 0 9 1 3 3 1 14 7 1 50% 1 0 1 86 2 1 67% 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
5 Yrs 1286 289 23 0 62 11 12 11 12 84 40 10 48% 15 2 2 538 20 10 67% 19 8 1 1 0 1 2 0 25 0
MLB Averages 52% 65%

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+
1974 22 1 0 1.000 3.55 10 0 4 0 0 0 12.2 11 5 5 0 12 7 5 0 0 0 60 111 1.816 7.8 0.0 8.5 3.6 0.42 111
1975 23 2 0 1.000 4.67 14 0 7 0 0 0 17.1 17 9 9 1 16 8 11 0 0 0 84 83 1.904 8.8 0.5 8.3 5.7 0.69 83
1976 24 13 4 .765 3.14 91 0 69 0 0 16 140.2 136 53 49 6 68 22 100 3 1 0 612 107 1.450 8.7 0.4 4.4 6.4 1.47 107
1977 25 17 6 .739 3.34 166 1 101 0 0 23 256.0 241 105 95 19 118 28 154 5 1 2 1106 107 1.402 8.5 0.7 4.1 5.4 1.31 107
1978 26 18 9 .667 3.74 191 1 112 0 0 23 293.1 289 133 122 23 140 35 175 6 2 2 1286 95 1.463 8.9 0.7 4.3 5.4 1.25 95

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
1974 22 1 0 1.000 2.77 13.0 11 5 4 0 12 5 0 1.769 7.6 8.3 3.5 0.42 0.0 10
1975 23 0 1 .000 7.20 5.0 7 5 4 1 5 6 0 2.400 12.6 9.0 10.8 1.20 1.8 4
1976 24 7 7 .500 3.44 123.0 135 52 47 6 59 89 3 1.577 9.9 4.3 6.5 1.51 0.4 77
1977 25 7 6 .538 3.83 115.0 108 54 49 13 51 54 2 1.383 8.5 4.0 4.2 1.06 1.0 75
1978 26 2 2 .500 7.05 37.0 53 32 29 4 24 21 1 2.081 12.9 5.8 5.1 0.88 1.0 25
5 Yrs 17 16 .515 4.09 293.0 314 148 133 24 151 175 6 1.587 9.6 5.4 1.16 0.7 191



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Games Played s c a p y
1976 NL  77 (2nd)
1977 NL  75 (4th)

Saves s c a p y
1976 NL  16 (5th)

Games Finished s c a p y
1976 NL  62 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 5 (1925), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 4 (1464), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Relief Pitcher (1244th), 1.3 career WAR/1.3 7yr-peak WAR/1.3 JAWS
Average HOF RP (out of 5) = 40.6 career WAR/28.2 7yr-peak WAR/34.4 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Clarence Butch Edward Metzger

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