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A table for the fan of Giants baseball

May 7, 2012

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):

Player SO From To Age G IP H BB ERA ERA+ HR BF
Tom Seaver 1155 1967 1971 22-26 180 1379.1 1090 352 2.34 149 97 5482
Tim Lincecum 1127 2007 2011 23-27 156 1028.0 842 379 2.98 137 66 4248
Bert Blyleven 1094 1970 1974 19-23 181 1335.2 1197 319 2.74 134 90 5429
Dwight Gooden 1067 1984 1988 19-23 158 1172.2 960 332 2.62 134 56 4718
Kerry Wood 1065 1998 2003 21-26 142 902.2 677 461 3.62 118 93 3824
Pete Alexander 1036 1911 1915 24-28 236 1715.0 1442 449 2.32 138 36 6858
Hideo Nomo 1031 1995 1999 26-30 151 960.2 800 427 3.82 105 106 4070
Mark Langston 1018 1984 1988 23-27 166 1124.1 1008 556 4.03 106 130 4829
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/7/2012.

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):

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