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Bruce Sutter

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Bruce Sutter

Bruce Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 13th year of eligibility, 2006, with 76.9% of the vote.

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

Bruce Sutter
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1976CHN23
52
4.92.90.6300.9
1.4
3.82.90.5630.40.8
1977CHN24
62
10.14.80.6772.5
3.4
5.93.70.6171.01.6
1978CHN25
64
8.86.80.5641.0
1.9
5.25.60.483-0.20.4
1979CHN26
62
9.96.00.6241.8
2.8
5.33.80.5830.71.2
1980CHN27
60
8.06.10.5660.8
1.7
5.14.60.5260.10.8
1981SLN28
48
6.84.70.5880.8
1.5
3.63.40.5180.00.4
1982SLN29
70
9.76.50.6001.3
2.3
5.75.00.5290.10.8
1983SLN30
60
8.27.20.5320.2
1.2
4.44.80.474-0.40.2
1984SLN31
71
10.16.70.6001.3
2.4
5.34.80.5270.10.7
1985ATL32
58
6.56.30.508-0.1
0.7
4.14.60.475-0.40.2
1986ATL33
16
0.91.10.450-0.1
-0.0
0.91.00.467-0.10.0
1988ATL35
38
4.33.30.5670.4
0.8
2.42.50.493-0.10.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
661
88.462.60.58510.9
20.1
51.646.60.5251.27.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.80.20.794 0.30.70.40.642 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
667
89.262.80.585
20.4
52.447.00.525 7.4


I calculate Player won-lost records two ways: pWins are tied to team wins, while eWins are calculated controlling for context.

Basically, there are two ways for a player to earn more pWORL (or pWins or pWOPA) than eWORL (or eWins or eWOPA): perform in more important situations and/or perform better in more important situations.

As a relief ace, Bruce Sutter did the former throughout his career, performing in high-leverage situations for over half of the batters he faced.

Sutter also did the latter. As can be seen by comparing Bruce Sutter's winning percentage in pWins and eWins, Sutter performed considerably better in more win-important situations.
The result is that Bruce Sutter earned 12.9 more pWORL than eWORL in his career. As shown in the next table, this is one of the largest gaps among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records.

Top 10 Players
(pWORL - eWORL)
pWORL eWORL Difference
1Mariano Rivera42.318.124.2
2Lefty Grove63.845.318.5
3Trevor Hoffman27.410.417.0
4Frankie Rodriguez23.98.015.9
5Lee Smith25.19.315.8
6Yogi Berra50.135.015.1
7Pee Wee Reese57.042.714.3
8John Franco22.99.013.8
9Derek Jeter60.146.613.5
10Joe Nathan22.28.913.3


Another way to look at how much stronger Sutter performed in the clutch is to look at the ratio of Sutter's pWORL to eWORL. The next table shows the top 10 players, ranked by the ratio of pWORL to eWORL, among players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records, with a minimum of 10 career pWORL.

Top 10 Players
(pWORL / eWORL, min. 10 pWORL)
pWORL eWORL Difference
1Brad Lidge14.34.23.381
2Troy Percival18.95.63.340
3Todd Worrell12.13.83.207
4Frankie Rodriguez23.98.02.990
5Todd Jones17.26.02.865
6Robb Nen17.26.02.852
7Bryan Harvey10.23.62.849
8Rod Beck13.04.62.833
9Jeff Reardon17.26.12.822
10Jose Valverde13.95.02.802


So, there you go. Bruce Sutter was among the best in history in leveraging his performance into actual team wins.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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