Monday, July 28, 2008
#554 Mike Smithson
Why this card is awesome: Because I was very surprised to see that he twice tied for the league lead in game starts. He didn't have particularly good years either season, but at least he made all his starts.
Cool stat: From 1985 to 1989, only Dave Stieb hit more batters than Smithson. And over that same period, Stieb pitched 230 more innings and won 19 more games than Smithson.
Smithson makes the top 10 for most shutouts from 1983 to 1986. My man Bert Blyleven is first, tied with Jack Morris.