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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
4.92.90.6301.0
1.5
4.43.40.5640.51.0
1977CHN24
62
10.14.80.6772.8
3.7
9.25.70.6181.92.8
1978CHN25
64
8.86.80.5641.1
2.0
7.68.10.484-0.10.8
1979CHN26
62
9.96.00.6242.1
3.0
9.36.60.5851.52.4
1980CHN27
60
8.06.10.5661.0
1.9
7.46.70.5270.41.3
1981SLN28
48
6.84.70.5881.1
1.8
6.05.50.5200.31.0
1982SLN29
70
9.76.50.6001.7
2.7
8.67.60.5310.61.6
1983SLN30
60
8.27.20.5320.5
1.5
7.38.10.475-0.30.6
1984SLN31
71
10.16.70.6001.7
2.8
8.97.90.5280.51.5
1985ATL32
58
6.56.30.5080.1
1.0
6.16.80.476-0.30.6
1986ATL33
16
0.91.10.450-0.1
0.0
0.91.10.468-0.10.1
1988ATL35
38
4.33.30.5670.5
1.0
3.83.90.494-0.00.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
661
88.362.60.58513.6
22.8
79.671.30.5274.814.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
6
0.80.20.795 0.40.70.40.642 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
667
89.162.80.585
23.2
80.371.70.527 14.3


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 8.8 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
1Pee Wee Reese57.241.715.5
2Lefty Grove63.948.415.4
3Derek Jeter59.646.213.4
4Whitey Ford45.332.113.2
5Yogi Berra50.137.013.1
6Jim Palmer50.738.012.6
7Nellie Fox37.826.111.7
8Allie Reynolds27.816.611.2
9Sandy Koufax32.421.311.1
10Marty Marion26.515.610.8


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
1Carl Erskine12.74.13.083
2Mark Lemke10.34.52.297
3Denny McLain18.18.22.203
4Bob Buhl16.07.52.119
5Dal Maxvill13.46.62.039
6Russ Meyer10.95.42.025
7Bobby Richardson13.96.92.011
8Preacher Roe17.49.11.909
9David Bell10.25.31.902
10Ray Culp16.08.51.894


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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