Saturday, September 13, 2008

#760 Mike Scott

Why this card is awesome: Because this is the only Astros card in the set where you can't see any rainbow coloring on the uniform, due to Scott's arms being over his head. Kevin Bass' card is close, but there is just a hint.

Interesting, too, that this card comes pretty soon after Danny Heep's, as Scott was traded for him.

Cool stat: Scott has the weirdest neutralized stats I've ever seen.

In 1986, we was actually 18-10 with a 2.22 ERA. Neutralized, it's 22-8 with a 2.49 ERA. In 1989, he was actually 20-10 with a 3.10 ERA. Neutralized, it's 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA. I've never seen a guy have such wildly large swings on his W-L record in individual years.

Overall, Scott was actually 124-108 (.534) with a 3.54 ERA (exactly league average.) Neutralized, he was 117-119 (.515) with a 4.05 ERA. This much as not that surprising. We know that the Astrodome was a pitcher's park and therefore shouldn't be surprised that his neutralized numbers are worse overall. But that 1986 is a strange artifact.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check Dave Roberts' 1971 and 72. He had a 2.10 ERA and a 14-17 record with the Padres in 71. Then in 72 with Houston, went 12-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Not sure what that neutralizes to. But it does show why I cringe when anyone uses wins as an argument for a pitchers performance.