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Friday, October 06, 2006

Worst Postseason Pitchers

As with any best list, it must be followed by a worst list, just to balance things out. For this particular list, I've branced out and included both starters and relievers in the last 20 years. For their benefit, I won't go into as many specifics with these poor bastards. I'm sure there are others I've forgotten, so please feel free to point them out to me.

Today's trivia: From 2000-2006, what player holds the record for most runs scored in a single season with 152?

10. Hideo Nomo: 0-2, 10.38 ERA, 12 hits in 8 IP. He's only this far down the list because of limited opportunities.

9. Storm Davis: 1-3, 5.12 ERA, 32 hits in 31 innings, 19/11 K/BB ratio. Not a key cog in Oakland's late 80's early 90's run.

8. Terry Mullholland: 1-2, 6.61 ERA, 38 hits in 31 innings, 15/10 K/BB ratio. A lot of innings and a lot of hits. But at least he's not old.

7. Kyle Farnsworth: 7.36 ERA in 11 innings. Most notable meltdowns include not exactly putting out the fire after Prior left the 8th inning of the now infamous 6th game of the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins, and failing to protect a 5 (yes five) run lead for the Braves against Houston in the 4th and final game of the 2006 NLDS. (Though it's worth noting that this didn't stop the Yankees from throwing $18million at him to be a set up guy in the Bronx. I'm sure that will go well.)

6. Matt Morris: 2-6, 4.05 ERA, 44/34 K/BB ratio. Morris seems like a nice enough guy but just can't quite get it done in crunch time. As the playoffs roll on, he gets worse. NLDS: 2.02, NLCS: 5.62, WS: 8.31.

5. Tom Gordon: 0-1, 7.32 ERA, 22 hits in 19 and 2/3 innings.
Never has someone so bad in big spots been so consistently thrust into them. Blew a huge save for the Red Sox in the 1998 NLDS against Cleveland, and then got so badly hammered by Boston in the 2003 ALCS that he was reportedly vomiting in the bullpen while warming up.

4. Mitch Williams: 2-2, 7.00 ERA, 12 hits in 9 innings, 8/6 K/BB ratio.
The "Wild Thing" was exactly that as he used his unusual delivery to blow 4 out of 7 save opportunities for the Phillies during their 1993 run to the World Series. Who knows, maybe they would have won it all if not for Williams' performance in the WS (0-2, 20.25 ERA).

3. Kenny Rogers: 0-3, 8.85 ERA, 32 hits in 20 and 2/3 innings, 15/16 K/BB ratio.
Quite simply, not good. Probably most famous for his 1999 NLCS ending walk to Andruw Jones with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning that ended the Mets season.

2. Jack McDowell: 0-4, 8.72 ERA, 32 hits in 21 innings.
McDowell had some great regular seasons for the White Sox and one good one for the Yankees but that did not translate well in his four playoff starts and one forgettable relief appearance. If you remember, it was McDowell against whom Griffey made his famous dash for home on the Edgar Martinez double to score the series winning run in the 11th inning of game 5 of the 1995 ALDS.

1. Aaron Sele: 0-6, 4.46 ERA, 42 hits in 36 innings, 17/13 K/BB ratio.
Hard to argue with an 0-6 record that took Sele all of 7 post season starts to accumulate. Even worse, 5 of those 6 losses came against the same team; the Yankees. Sele is proof that pitchers with high ERA's but pretty looking w-l records because of their offense and bullpen are not actually as good as some writers seem to think they are.

Pitchers off to Bad Postseason Starts
Jake Peavy: 0-2, 12.10 ERA
Matt Clement: 1-2, 8.62 ERA
Odalis Perez: 1-1, 15.00 ERA, 13 hits and 9 BB's in 6 innings.
Chris Reitsma: 17.05 ERA with 12 hits allowed in 6 and 1/3 innings.

Trivia Answer:
Jeff Bagwell scored 152 runs in the year 2000, in the Astrodome, a big time pitcher's park. It's worth noting that the 152 runs scored by Bagwell were the most since Lou Gehrig scored 167 in 1936.


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