Monday, February 25, 2008
#185 Rick Rhoden
Why this card is awesome: Because of a nice shot showing the ball release. In a year when so many of the pitchers' hands are bizarre globs of flesh, Rhoden's is actually discernible.
Cool stat: We talk about guys like Tanana and Blyleven who pitched on bad teams, but Rhoden is a guy who finished with a better record than he deserved. His career ERA+ is just 104, meaning just slightly over average. His real record was 151-125 (.547) but his neutralized record is 148-137 (.519), which sounds about right.