A table for the fan of Giants baseball
The past two Sundays I have posted articles on two baseball players, Joe Nathan and Billy Butler, using the Play Index tool at baseball-reference.com, an amazing system that, for a small fee, allows the user to compare any season or career dating back to 1871 based on any criteria.
I have no such extensive article to post here (partly because I’m, like, super drunk), but in the interest of keeping the streak alive, here is a table of pitchers with 1000 strikeouts through their first five seasons (since 1901):
Oh look, Tim Lincecum! For the record, Seaver, Blyleven and Alexander are Hall of Famers. Nomo is an interesting case because he came over from Japan basically a finished product, and his quirky windup, famous for the pause mid-delivery while his back faced the hitter, certainly threw off hitters’ timing and helped pad his stats.
Wood was derailed by injuries but remains an effective pitcher, albeit in relief. Who the fuck is Mark Langston? Gooden did coke, or maybe that was Darryl Strawberry. It might make me a racist that I confuse the two young, black Mets of the 1980s.
In other words: People participating in Lincecum panic, stop! I see you on my Facebook news feed. You annoy me. I can tell you haven’t been a fan of baseball long, you put so much stock in just one month of play. Argh I’m drunk. Chug. Glug-lug-lug. That’s the sound of drinking. And if Timmy is slipping, he’s slipping from near the top of Everest; he’d land somewhere above the the above-average pitcher.
Here’s a table showing the percentage of the three true outcomes (K, BB and HR, so named because they are the only results that do not involve the defense) for these eight pitchers, defined as X divided by total batters faced (BF):
Red doesn’t necessarily mean bad, just below average for this sample of eight.
Now go forth and sow your wild oats in the swampland of Alabama.
Here is a song to which you may do that (i.e. make ferocious love):