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

Mike Mussina
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1991BAL22
12
4.54.80.486-0.1
0.4
5.24.20.5560.61.1
1992BAL23
32
13.89.30.5992.5
3.7
14.510.80.5732.13.4
1993BAL24
25
10.28.00.5591.1
2.0
10.28.70.5390.81.7
1994BAL25
24
12.17.40.6202.4
3.6
10.87.80.5811.62.7
1995BAL26
32
16.010.30.6083.2
4.6
13.79.30.5952.53.7
1996BAL27
36
15.212.50.5501.7
3.3
15.112.80.5411.53.1
1997BAL28
33
13.39.80.5772.0
3.4
13.810.50.5671.93.3
1998BAL29
29
12.810.20.5571.6
2.8
13.19.90.5681.83.0
1999BAL30
31
13.58.30.6182.8
3.9
13.79.40.5912.43.6
2000BAL31
34
14.412.20.5421.4
2.8
14.411.10.5631.93.2
2001NYA32
34
15.610.70.5912.8
4.2
14.39.70.5942.63.9
2002NYA33
33
13.310.40.5601.7
2.9
13.510.80.5551.62.9
2003NYA34
31
14.410.60.5762.1
3.6
13.59.00.5992.43.7
2004NYA35
27
11.19.20.5471.2
2.4
9.88.70.5270.71.8
2005NYA36
30
11.110.60.5120.5
1.6
10.710.00.5170.51.6
2006NYA37
32
10.88.50.5601.4
2.4
12.29.20.5701.72.9
2007NYA38
28
8.79.40.481-0.2
0.9
8.88.10.5180.51.4
2008NYA39
34
13.411.00.5501.5
2.8
11.99.80.5481.32.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
537
224.3173.20.56429.6
51.3
218.9170.20.56328.349.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
23
7.56.90.520 1.39.16.80.573 2.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
560
231.8180.20.564
52.6
228.0177.00.563 51.8


For about ten years, the darling of the sabermetric community was Bert Blyleven. In many ways, Mike Mussina is the Bert Blyleven of his generation. The bulk of Blyleven's career overlapped with six 300-game winners and two other Hall-of-Famers who won at least 260 career games with 15 combined 20-win seasons and 4 Cy Young Awards. Blyleven's career looked somewhat less impressive by comparison: he only won 20 games one time, he only received Cy Young votes 4 times, never finishing higher than third.

Mike Mussina's career overlapped with four 300-game winners and at least three other pitchers with strong Hall-of-Fame cases. In contrast, Mussina only won 20 games one time (his final season), winning 16 and 19 games in the strike-shortened 1994 and 1995 seasons. Mussina finished as high as second in Cy Young voting once (in 1999), although it was a distant second, and he received Cy Young votes nine times.

The next table compares Bert Blyleven and Mike Mussina, measured by Player won-lost records.

Mike Mussina Bert Blyleven
Age Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
19
 
2710.510.20.5080.51.5
20
 
3818.215.40.5412.13.6
21
 
3918.017.00.5151.32.9
22124.54.80.486-0.1
0.4
4018.813.60.5812.94.4
233213.89.30.5992.5
3.7
3715.912.80.5551.83.1
242510.28.00.5591.1
2.0
3515.111.80.5611.83.1
252412.17.40.6202.4
3.6
3617.614.40.5501.73.2
263216.010.30.6083.2
4.6
3013.410.70.5561.52.8
273615.212.50.5501.7
3.3
3515.413.40.5361.62.8
283313.39.80.5772.0
3.4
3812.912.40.5100.81.8
292912.810.20.5571.6
2.8
3711.512.80.474-0.20.7
303113.58.30.6182.8
3.9
208.16.80.5440.81.6
313414.412.20.5421.4
2.8
41.31.60.454-0.10.0
323415.610.70.5912.8
4.2
248.98.50.5130.41.2
333313.310.40.5601.7
2.9
3314.39.20.6072.73.8
343114.410.60.5762.1
3.6
3717.515.10.5381.53.3
352711.19.20.5471.2
2.4
3617.616.80.5110.72.3
363011.110.60.5120.5
1.6
3716.815.80.5150.82.5
373210.88.50.5601.4
2.4
3311.514.40.443-1.3-0.1
38288.79.40.481-0.2
0.9
3313.99.40.5972.53.6
393413.411.00.5501.5
2.8
236.98.30.454-0.60.2
40
 
41
 
257.19.80.423-1.1-0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS537224.3173.20.56429.6
51.3
697291.3260.10.52822.247.9


Blyleven beats Mussina in quantity (162 more games), but Mussina beats Blyleven in quality. The combination ends up pretty close, measured by pWins over replacement level, although Mussina beats Blyleven fairly handily when the comparison is, instead, to average.

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