Sunday, March 2, 2008
#216 Jerry Reuss
Why this card is awesome: Because can you believe Reuss was only 36 when this photo was taken? He only LOOKS 55.
Cool stat: Reuss, in my opinion, was overrated. He finished with an ERA+ of 100, actually a tad over league average for his career. His actual career record of 220-191 drops to 204-196 when neutralized. What made his career was his awesome peak performance in 1980 and 1981 with the Dodgers. Over those two years, Reuss had the third-best ERA+ for pitchers with at least 300 innings.
If you take out 1980 and 1981, Reuss had a 3.78 career ERA, instead of his actual 3.64 for his career, an ERA+ of about 96.