Monday, September 15, 2008

#763 Doug Sisk

Why this card is awesome: Because this is a fairly rare shot of a pitcher doing something other than pitching. Looks like he's coming off the mound to field a bunt or a squibber. Also, there are Cardinals in the background!

Cool stat: Sisk had a strange career, statistically. Look below at his 1983 and 1984. He seems to have filled in as closer nicely, posting great ERAs and appearing in lots of games. But in fact, Sisk is one of only 3 relievers since 1901 to post at least 2 seasons with an ERA+ of 160 or better but also a WHIP as high as 1.4. The moral of the story? All those hits and walks came back to hurt him later, bringing his ERA closer to league-average. He was lucky to finish with an ERA+ of 113 over his career while having a WHIP of 1.517. Those career stats are also pretty special.

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