Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lefty-Fest, Part 3

Another statistical look at Steve Carlton.

Lefty-Fest, Part 3


As part of BoopStats’ look back at Steve Carlton’s magical 1972 season, we have already reviewed his 15-game winning streak (SportsWeek, Aug. 5) and the career totals of both Carlton and Rick Wise at the point they were traded for one another (SportsWeek, June 17).

This week, we take a look at the numbers each of those guys put up in their careers after that deal.

Carlton, obviously, went on to establish himself as one of the greatest lefthanders of all time. But Wise also continued to carve out a pretty good career, notching another 113 victories over the 11 additional years he hung around.

Here are the career statistics for Carlton and Wise after they were traded for one another (Feb. 25, 1972):

  Carlton  Wise 
 Record     252-182      113-105 
 ERA 3.25  3.74 
 Games 551  287 
 Starts 537  277 
 Complete Games      188  86 
 Shutouts 39  17 
 WHIP 1.24  1.28 
 Hits/9IP 8.0  9.2 
 Home Runs/9IP 0.74  0.85 
 Walks/9IP 3.2  2.3 
 Strikeouts/9IP 7.3  4.4 
 Strikeouts/Walks 2.30  1.95 


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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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