Found December 26, 2012 on
The Cardinal Nation blog:
Two dozen pitchers took the mound for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals – from Chuckie Fick’s two outings to Mitchell Boggs’ 78 appearances.
Of that group of 24, the same hurler led the team in both ERA (1.03) and WHIP (0.873). In other words, he was best at both keeping runners off base and inhibiting them from coming around to touch home plate.
His other leadership areas included the lowest walk rate on the 2012 Cardinals (1.0 per nine innings) plus the best strikeout to walk ratio (7.0:1) and stingiest home run rate (0.3 per nine innings) of all Cards with at least 14 innings pitched.
For the sabermetrically-inclined, consider wins over replacement value. Despite appearing in just 26 games, among relievers he trailed only full-season Cardinals Boggs (1.7) and Jason Motte (1.4) in WAR at 1.2. He also picked up 18 holds.
This pitcher was not even a part of the club to start the season, nor was he a member of the organization’s vaunted minor league pipeline of young hard-throwing arms...
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