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Goose Gossage

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Goose Gossage

Goose Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 9th year of eligibility, 2008, with 85.8% of the vote.

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

Goose Gossage
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1972CHA20
36
4.44.10.5190.1
0.6
3.53.90.476-0.30.2
1973CHA21
21
1.83.80.324-1.1
-0.7
2.23.80.373-0.8-0.5
1974CHA22
39
3.75.20.416-0.9
-0.4
3.84.00.491-0.20.3
1975CHA23
62
12.16.80.6402.4
3.6
7.24.50.6151.21.9
1976CHA24
31
12.813.80.481-0.4
0.8
12.813.10.493-0.11.1
1977PIT25
72
11.17.30.6051.8
2.9
6.74.80.5830.91.6
1978NYA26
63
10.38.30.5540.8
2.0
6.25.00.5570.51.2
1979NYA27
36
4.22.90.5950.5
1.0
2.52.40.517-0.00.3
1980NYA28
64
9.04.50.6692.1
3.0
4.83.30.5890.61.1
1981NYA29
32
4.72.40.6651.0
1.5
2.21.40.6070.30.5
1982NYA30
56
8.74.80.6451.6
2.5
4.52.80.6140.61.1
1983NYA31
57
8.86.20.5891.0
2.0
4.23.60.5370.10.6
1984SDN32
62
9.55.80.6201.7
2.5
4.84.30.5270.10.7
1985SDN33
50
7.33.10.7002.0
2.6
3.82.50.6020.61.0
1986SDN34
45
6.86.50.509-0.1
0.7
3.33.90.455-0.40.0
1987SDN35
40
4.03.30.5480.2
0.6
2.62.30.5400.10.4
1988CHN36
46
3.13.70.453-0.4
-0.0
2.22.30.487-0.10.1
37
42
1.52.00.424-0.3
-0.1
2.42.20.5200.00.3
1991TEX39
44
2.02.70.423-0.4
-0.1
1.71.80.493-0.10.2
1992OAK40
30
1.51.60.481-0.1
0.1
1.71.80.489-0.10.1
1993OAK41
39
2.22.10.509-0.0
0.3
2.42.50.485-0.10.2
1994SEA42
36
1.50.80.6540.3
0.5
2.12.10.503-0.00.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,003
131.3101.90.56311.7
25.7
87.878.30.5282.812.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
19
2.71.40.661 0.91.51.10.570 0.3
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,022
134.0103.30.563
26.5
89.279.40.528 12.9


For my article on Goose Gossage, I decided to take a look at the best games of his career. So here are the top three regular-season games and the top postseason game of Goose Gossage's career, as measured by net pWins.

May 20, 1976
Goose Gossage pitched in 1,002 games in his career. He started 37 of these games. The vast majority of these games (and the last of them) were in 1976, when Goose Gossage started 29 games (out of 31 games total). Overall, Gossage's foray into the White Sox starting rotation didn't work out all that great. He finished the season with a traditional won-lost record of 9-17 (in large part because the White Sox finished 64-97 overall and 10th in the 12-team AL in runs scored) with a 3.94 ERA (vs. a league-average ERA of 3.52).

But within the 1976 season, Gossage pitched several excellent games. And excellent starting pitching performances tend to be more valuable than equally excellent relief pitching performances because starting pitchers pitch longer.

The best game in Goose Gossage's career, as measured by net pWins, was May 20, 1976, when Gossage pitched a complete-game 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. In the game, Gossage allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 7 hits, he walked nobody, with 8 strikeouts. After giving up an RBI single to Tony Oliva in the top of the 7th to let the Twins pull within one run, Gossage essentially became his own closer/fireman, retiring the last 8 batters he faced, striking out the last two of them.

The Player won-lost records by player for that game are shown in the next table.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins
Tony Oliva0.010.000.01
Bob Randall0.010.000.01
Dan Ford0.010.010.00
Steve Braun0.000.00-0.00
Lyman Bostock0.000.00-0.00
Team Totals000
   
   
Chet Lemon0.040.000.04
Jorge Orta0.030.000.03
Brian Downing0.020.000.02
H. Pat Kelly0.000.000.00
Jack Brohamer0.000.00-0.00
Rich Coggins0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals000


August 1, 1976
Gossage's next best game came a little more than two months later, on August 1, 1976, against the California Angels. In this one, Gossage pitched a complete-game 2-1 victory with the only run scored by the Angels being unearned. For the game, Gossage held the Angels to 5 hits and 3 walks with 6 strikeouts. After the Angels scored their (unearned) run, Gossage closed the game by retiring 7 of the last 8 batters he faced, 3 via strikeout.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins
Jorge Orta0.020.000.02
Chet Lemon0.010.000.01
Jim Essian0.000.000.00
Ralph Garr0.000.000.00
Kevin Bell0.000.00-0.00
Bill Stein0.000.00-0.00
Lamar Johnson0.000.01-0.01
Team Totals000
   
   
Bruce Bochte0.020.010.02
Jerry Remy0.000.000.00
Tony Solaita0.000.000.00
Ron D. Jackson0.000.00-0.00
Bill Melton0.000.01-0.00
Mario Guerrero0.000.01-0.01
Bobby Bonds0.000.09-0.09
Team Totals00-0


September 3, 1978
The top relief performance of Goose Gossage's career - and the 3rd-most valuable performance of his career - was on September 3, 1978, for the New York Yankees against the Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees had jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Mariners by the end of the third inning. But Mariners' starter Rick Honeycutt toughened up after the third inning and shut out the Yankees on five hits after the third inning. Meanwhile, the Mariners cut the Yankees' lead in half with two runs off of Yankees starter Jim Beattie in the eighth inning.

The Yankees brought Sparky Lyle in for the ninth inning to close out a 4-2 win. But Lyle didn't have it. He faced three batters and gave up a single, single, and double, in that order. The Yankees' lead was down to 4-3, the Mariners had runners on second and third in the top of the ninth inning with nobody out.

That was the situation when Goose Gossage entered the game. Gossage proceeded to strike out the side. Game over; Yankees win, 4-3.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins
Ruppert Jones0.020.000.02
Bruce Bochte0.010.000.01
Larry Milbourne0.000.000.00
Julio Cruz0.000.000.00
Tom Paciorek0.000.000.00
Team Totals000
   
   
Mickey Rivers0.050.000.05
Willie Randolph0.010.000.01
Bucky Dent0.010.000.01
Lou Piniella0.010.000.01
Cliff Johnson0.010.000.01
Graig Nettles0.000.000.00
Reggie Jackson0.000.000.00
Chris Chambliss0.000.00-0.00
Team Totals000


October 8, 1981
The best postseason performance of Goose Gossage's career, as measured by net pWins was Game 2 of the 1981 AL East Divisional Playoffs (the 1981 season was split because of a 50-day midseason strike with the first-half AL East winning Yankees facing the second-half AL East winning Brewers).

Gossage entered the game in the bottom of the 7th inning with the bases loaded and one out and the Yankees clinging to the 1-0 lead. Gossage got Robin Yount on a pop-up to third and then struck out Cecil Cooper to end the inning. Gossage then stuck around to pitch a 1-2-3 8th inning. The Yankees pushed across two runs in the top of the 9th to give Gossage some breathing room heading into the bottom of the 9th, and Gossage worked around two singles to finish the shutout by getting Yount to pop up for the second time, this time to the catcher.

Player won-lost records for this game are summarized in the table below.

Player Won-Lost Records by Player: Summary

Basic Player Won-Lost Records
(sorted by net pWins)
pWins pLosses Net pWins
Willie Randolph0.000.00-0.00
Dave Winfield0.000.01-0.00
Team Totals00-0
   
   
Jim Gantner0.070.000.06
Thad Bosley0.060.040.02
Cecil Cooper0.010.000.01
Team Totals000




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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