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Curt Schilling
2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Curt Schilling

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

Curt Schilling
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1988BAL21
4
0.91.90.323-0.5
-0.3
0.71.60.312-0.4-0.3
1989BAL22
5
0.30.40.409-0.1
-0.0
0.40.60.432-0.1-0.0
1990BAL23
35
1.62.00.452-0.2
-0.0
2.11.70.5450.10.3
1991HOU24
56
3.64.00.472-0.3
0.2
3.73.50.510-0.00.5
1992PHI25
42
12.811.00.5381.4
2.6
12.810.70.5461.62.7
1993PHI26
34
14.412.70.5311.4
2.6
14.114.10.5010.61.8
1994PHI27
13
4.45.80.431-0.5
0.0
4.95.70.463-0.20.4
1995PHI28
17
6.26.20.5020.4
1.0
7.86.50.5441.01.8
1996PHI29
28
11.611.20.5080.8
2.0
11.39.60.5411.52.5
1997PHI30
35
17.114.60.5392.1
3.8
16.213.50.5462.13.7
1998PHI31
35
17.614.50.5502.4
4.0
17.514.00.5562.64.1
1999PHI32
24
12.710.60.5441.6
2.7
10.710.40.5050.61.6
33
29
13.811.80.5381.6
2.8
13.511.10.5491.83.0
2001ARI34
35
19.312.40.6094.4
6.0
17.014.10.5472.44.0
2002ARI35
36
18.412.40.5973.9
5.3
17.611.80.5983.75.1
2003ARI36
24
10.88.40.5631.7
2.7
11.58.70.5671.92.9
2004BOS37
32
14.79.00.6203.2
4.5
14.19.30.6042.84.1
2005BOS38
32
5.65.60.498-0.0
0.6
5.45.10.5140.20.7
2006BOS39
31
12.19.30.5661.6
2.8
13.110.50.5531.52.8
2007BOS40
24
9.08.00.5280.6
1.6
8.98.10.5250.61.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
571
207.0172.00.54625.5
44.9
203.3170.60.54424.243.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
19
9.35.40.630 3.08.56.00.584 2.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
590
216.3177.50.546
47.9
211.7176.60.544 45.6


This is Curt Schilling's second year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I looked at how Schilling and Randy Johnson ranked among the top teammates of all time.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Curt Schilling has the second highest strikeout-to-walk ratio in major-league history, behind Tommy Bond, who pitched from 1874 to 1884, when it took anywhere from 6 to 9 balls to walk a batter (e.g., Bond walked 8 batters in 497 innings in 1874; that's a very, very different game). So, for all practical purposes, Curt Schilling has the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio of any pitcher in major-league history.

Strikeouts and walks are tracked in Component 3 of Player won-lost records. The next table shows the top 10 pitchers in (context-neutral) net Component 3 wins: wins minus losses.

Component 3 Pitching Wins: Top 10, career, sorted by Net Wins
Player eWin eLoss eWinPct NetWins
Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson104.947.90.68657.0
Roger Clemens101.049.30.67251.8
Curt Schilling65.921.60.75344.2
Greg Maddux71.729.90.70641.8
Pedro J. Martinez67.726.10.72241.6
Fergie Jenkins67.731.40.68336.3
Mike Mussina60.324.30.71336.0
Bert Blyleven79.844.40.64235.4
John Smoltz64.629.40.68735.1
Gaylord Perry75.044.10.63030.9


Components 3 and 4 are the only two of the nine components of Player won-lost records that are not constrained to a .500 winning percentage in aggregate. Instead, Components 3 (strikeouts and walks) and 4 (balls hit in play, including home runs) are jointly set at .500. The average Component 3 winning percentage of pitchers has varied over time but, in recent years, has generally been above 0.500 (and below 0.500 for batters). The next table adjusts for this and shows the top 10 pitchers in Component 3 wins over league average.

Component 3 Pitching Wins: Top 10, career, sorted by Wins over League Average
Player eWin eLoss eWinPct Wins over Lg Avg
Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson104.947.90.68618.3
Roger Clemens101.049.30.67216.5
Curt Schilling65.921.60.75316.0
Fergie Jenkins67.731.40.68315.5
Bert Blyleven79.844.40.64215.0
Pedro J. Martinez67.726.10.72214.2
Greg Maddux71.729.90.70614.2
Lefty Grove42.736.50.53914.2
Robin Roberts50.027.80.64313.7
Tom Seaver75.945.40.62612.8


Rule number one for pitchers: throw strikes. Curt Schilling did that as well as just about anybody over the course of his career.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot Series


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