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Whose got the whammy on your team?

Apr 8, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

Eric Show

Chris Jaffe has a fun post up over at the Hardball Times. He tracks which pitcher has, historically, dominated your teams. No, it’s not “that rookie lefty no one has ever heard of.” I think 95% of all baseball fans think THAT’s the guy who kills their team, but it isn’t. It tends to be pretty good pitchers which own/pwn your local nine.

Well, almost always. Freakin’ Eric Show owns my team. How that happened is a mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in some exceedingly bad Braves teams in the 1980s. But it’s still surprising.

Today it’s the National League. He’ll do the AL next week.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    No whammy no whammy no whammy…..

    • southofheaven81 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM


    • umrguy42 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:16 AM


      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I knew someone would get it.

      • deepstblu - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        $4000 and a spin!

  2. Old Gator - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    This year, everyone is going to have a whammy on the Feesh. It’s just a question of whether they remember to bring it to the ballpark on days when they’re starting against them.

    • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      …Which leads me to another thought – not a deep one, mind you, those are for Craig. No, this thought is superficial, a practical sop to how obvious it is. Some teams, like the Feesh (and, to be fair, the Royals, Astros and Cubs) have their whammies built into them during each orfeason, when the the factotums in the front orifice have it taken out and cleaned like an air conditioning coil, then re-install it. Some teams, especially the cheapskate kind, only do the cleaning once every few years to save a few bucks – it’s not a cheap process, as anyone with long-haired dogs is painfully aware. I think the last time Scrooge McLoria cleaned his whammy was last orfseason, but he apparently used an unlicensed, unbonded lot lizard he picked up in front of the local Home Depot to do the work.

      • Old Gator - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        PS – and the guy probably had no green card, either. But then, Scrooge McLoria is always solicitous of unpapered Latinos. Just ask whatsisname, that relief peetcher…

      • stex52 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Any pitcher with a decent curve doesn’t jsut have a whammy on the Astros this year. It’s going to be more like stepping in front of a streetcar.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Interesting that it is winning percentage only – hence Carl Mays 13-0 against the Phillies beats Pat Malone’s 30-5. That would be great if he could figure some sort of “sample size” adjustment

  4. 18thstreet - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I’m sorry that the focus is only on pitchers. For example, Willie Wilson had a 1.000 batting average — all triples — in 10,000 plate appearances against the Red Sox in every year of my childhood.

    • stex52 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      You know, 18th, I believe you. Willy McCovey use to feel like that many years ago against the Houston franchise.

      • deepstblu - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        At least those guys were good. Vic Correll–Johnny Bench’s backup for a few years–used to MURDER the Phillies. No matter what the stats say.

      • The Rabbit - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        I remember him. Wasn’t he the only ML player who could consistently hit Steve Carlton?

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      If memory serves correctly, I believe Jay Buhner had 637 HRs against the Yankees. That’s why Mr. Constanza was so pissed….

  5. umrguy42 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Am I the only person bothered by the fact that he mixes “whammy” and “whamee” all the time there?

  6. cur68 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Pitchers? Pitchers, MEH! Its the hitters. The Beavz have been plagued with Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians. What the hell is WITH Brantley, anyways? He’s a Beaver Killer.

    /shakes fist

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      So is Ron Jeremy.

  7. abaird2012 - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    “Who’s” — as in “who has.” For shame,Craig. I trust you of all people to know the difference between a contraction and a possessive. Slink off and fix it now, hoping nobody else will notice.

  8. mrfloydpink - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    He lost me when I saw his basis for judgment was ERA (a semi-stupid stat) and Wins (a really stupid stat). Given B-R’s excellent tools, he couldn’t come up with something more sophisticated?

  9. spudchukar - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    As every Cardinal fan knows, their nemesis is the one and only Bud Norris. His success against them is historic, particular when measured against his sub-par efforts against the rest of the league.

  10. moogro - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Pwn can go away now, thank you. Especially in the era of common interface-related incorrect auto-completes. Any slang that had to be worked at by it’s acolytes so hard, so long, and with no good humour value in the face of such overwhelming indifference by the majority can just go away.

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