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Lee Smith
2013 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Lee Smith

The first table below presents Lee Smith's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Lee Smith
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1980CHN22
18
0.60.70.462-0.1
0.0
0.80.60.5650.10.2
1981CHN23
40
3.14.20.424-0.5
-0.1
3.63.80.486-0.10.4
1982CHN24
72
6.15.60.5240.4
1.0
6.25.50.5310.51.1
1983CHN25
66
8.75.10.6281.8
2.7
8.15.70.5851.22.1
1984CHN26
69
9.65.50.6392.2
3.1
7.87.30.5170.31.2
1985CHN27
65
10.26.00.6292.1
3.2
8.77.50.5370.61.7
1986CHN28
66
8.76.90.5590.9
1.9
8.37.30.5330.51.5
1987CHN29
62
7.55.70.5680.9
1.7
7.25.90.5490.71.4
1988BOS30
64
7.75.30.5931.2
2.0
7.06.10.5350.51.2
1989BOS31
64
5.13.70.5830.7
1.3
4.84.00.5430.40.9
32
64
8.74.20.6772.3
3.1
7.25.70.5560.71.5
1991SLN33
67
8.55.30.6181.6
2.6
7.46.40.5340.51.4
1992SLN34
70
7.14.70.6041.2
2.0
6.25.60.5230.31.0
35
62
6.04.60.5660.7
1.4
5.35.40.492-0.10.6
1994BAL36
41
4.73.20.5920.7
1.3
4.23.70.5360.30.8
1995CAL37
52
5.53.80.5890.8
1.5
5.14.20.5490.41.1
38
54
2.42.50.493-0.0
0.3
2.52.40.5090.00.4
1997MON39
25
0.81.20.394-0.2
-0.1
0.91.10.464-0.10.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,021
111.378.20.58716.9
28.6
101.288.30.5346.818.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
4
0.30.90.262 -0.20.30.40.398 -0.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,025
111.679.10.587
28.4
101.588.70.534 18.6


Relief pitchers might be the hardest position to evaluate statistically. My Leaders page shows leaders by position using context-neutral eWins. But, of course, one key aspect of elite relief pitchers is that they tend to pitch in high-context situations, which magnifies their value. Exactly how much that value should be "magnified" is very much a debatable position, however.

Even if we want to give full credit for the increased context of relief pitcher performance, however, there are two aspects to the change in context. First, it simply increases the quantity of player decisions, so that, for example, Lee Smith earned 189.5 pDecisions (pWins + pLosses) versus only 189.5 eDecisions (i.e., his average context in his career was 1.00).

Second, the timing of a player's decisions can also affect the overall quality of the player's performance. Lee Smith not only accumulated more pDecisions than eDecisions; he also had a higher winning percentage within context than without.

Putting this together, the next two tables show the top 25 relief pitchers as measured by career pWOPA and career pWORL, respectively. For the purposes of these tables, I defined a player as a "relief pitcher" if he earned at least 10 (context-neutral) eWins in his career as a relief pitcher and more eWins as a relief pitcher than as a starting pitcher.

Top 25 Relief Pitchers, based on pWOPA
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera126.660.80.67632.945.6
Trevor Hoffman100.762.30.61819.530.3
Lee Smith111.378.20.58716.928.6
Frankie Rodriguez90.056.90.61316.626.8
Joe Nathan78.948.30.62015.724.1
Jonathan Papelbon67.836.80.64815.522.8
Rich Gossage131.2101.80.56315.229.1
Billy Wagner80.050.40.61414.923.8
John Franco103.774.30.58314.926.2
Craig Kimbrel54.925.90.68014.520.3
Bruce Sutter88.362.60.58513.622.8
Hoyt Wilhelm138.6116.00.54413.528.9
Dan Quisenberry71.344.50.61613.420.8
Troy Percival71.144.60.61513.321.1
Rollie Fingers121.097.20.55513.126.2
Kenley Jansen50.424.70.67113.018.3
Tom Henke67.342.20.61512.619.4
John Wetteland71.747.60.60112.419.8
Doug Jones84.359.80.58512.321.4
Robb Nen63.038.60.62012.319.0
Bob Wickman84.260.90.58011.621.0
Joakim Soria55.734.30.61910.717.1
Dave Righetti99.578.40.55910.720.8
Huston Street59.638.60.60710.517.4
Jeff Montgomery73.352.50.58210.418.4


Top 25 Relief Pitchers, based on pWORL
Player pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL
Mariano Rivera126.660.80.67632.945.6
Trevor Hoffman100.762.30.61819.530.3
Rich Gossage131.2101.80.56315.229.1
Hoyt Wilhelm138.6116.00.54413.528.9
Lee Smith111.378.20.58716.928.6
Frankie Rodriguez90.056.90.61316.626.8
John Franco103.774.30.58314.926.2
Rollie Fingers121.097.20.55513.126.2
Joe Nathan78.948.30.62015.724.1
Billy Wagner80.050.40.61414.923.8
Lindy McDaniel121.7105.50.53610.023.3
Bruce Sutter88.362.60.58513.622.8
Jonathan Papelbon67.836.80.64815.522.8
Doug Jones84.359.80.58512.321.4
Troy Percival71.144.60.61513.321.1
Bob Wickman84.260.90.58011.621.0
Dave Righetti99.578.40.55910.720.8
Dan Quisenberry71.344.50.61613.420.8
Stu Miller107.192.40.5379.420.6
Craig Kimbrel54.925.90.68014.520.3
Jeff Reardon91.371.30.56110.320.3
Roberto M. Hernandez87.267.20.56510.020.3
Rick Aguilera96.378.30.55210.020.0
Fernando Rodney80.861.00.5709.920.0
Todd Jones84.264.70.5669.919.9


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