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John Smoltz

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: John Smoltz

John Smoltz was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2015, with 82.9% of the vote.

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

John Smoltz
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1988ATL21
12
4.36.30.407-0.8
-0.3
3.85.90.395-0.8-0.4
1989ATL22
32
14.412.70.5311.5
2.7
13.612.10.5291.42.5
1990ATL23
35
14.815.60.4860.4
1.7
13.914.20.4940.61.8
1991ATL24
36
14.613.50.5201.1
2.5
14.012.70.5261.22.5
1992ATL25
36
17.116.00.5171.4
3.0
14.814.20.5101.12.5
1993ATL26
35
15.614.40.5191.2
2.5
15.315.20.5010.72.0
1994ATL27
21
9.09.50.4850.1
1.1
8.88.80.4990.31.3
1995ATL28
29
11.810.80.5211.1
2.2
12.611.60.5191.12.3
1996ATL29
35
18.211.80.6054.1
5.6
17.412.10.5913.65.1
1997ATL30
35
16.414.80.5251.7
3.3
17.713.60.5652.94.6
1998ATL31
26
13.37.70.6333.4
4.4
10.97.90.5812.13.0
1999ATL32
29
13.510.80.5572.1
3.2
12.58.70.5892.53.5
2001ATL34
36
4.42.40.6441.0
1.4
3.32.70.5500.30.7
2002ATL35
75
10.03.90.7232.9
3.9
4.02.50.6160.61.1
2003ATL36
62
5.72.40.7001.5
2.1
3.01.40.6720.71.0
2004ATL37
73
7.83.50.6911.9
2.7
4.13.10.5710.30.8
2005ATL38
33
13.611.80.5351.6
2.7
14.911.50.5652.43.6
2006ATL39
35
15.313.60.5291.7
3.1
14.513.00.5261.62.9
2007ATL40
32
12.911.00.5401.6
2.8
12.610.30.5521.83.0
2008ATL41
6
2.42.00.5440.3
0.5
1.91.60.5490.30.4
42
15
4.96.50.429-0.6
0.0
5.15.10.5000.20.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
728
239.8201.20.54429.1
51.1
218.8188.20.53824.944.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
42
12.59.30.574 3.213.510.90.554 3.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
770
252.3210.50.544
54.3
232.3199.10.538 48.1


John Smoltz was an excellent pitcher. Perhaps the most excellent thing about John Smoltz as a pitcher was the breadth of his excellence.

The next table presents the top 30 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average amassed as a starting pitcher from 1969 through 2014.

Top 30, Wins over Positional Average, 1969 - 2014
Starting Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Roger Clemens277.1216.80.56134.7
2Greg Maddux274.7217.90.55832.8
3Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson235.2194.20.54824.4
4Pedro J. Martinez156.5114.80.57723.5
5J. Kevin Brown179.1143.00.55620.9
6Mike Mussina197.0162.60.54820.6
7Tom Seaver229.7198.30.53718.9
8Nolan Ryan292.9264.10.52618.8
9Bert Blyleven271.7242.80.52818.5
10Curt Schilling170.0139.40.55018.2
11Jim Palmer192.9163.40.54117.3
12Tim Hudson164.2136.20.54716.8
13Roy Halladay149.2121.20.55216.6
14Gaylord Perry215.9189.60.53216.1
15Tom Glavine239.7217.40.52415.3
16Bret Saberhagen138.3112.30.55215.1
17John Smoltz176.3152.00.53715.1
18Don Sutton245.1222.90.52414.7
19Andy Pettitte183.9161.50.53214.6
20C.C. Sabathia156.2135.20.53613.4
21Steve Carlton251.5233.20.51912.9
22Roy Oswalt121.5100.50.54712.7
23Johan Santana105.785.80.55211.8
24Fergie Jenkins199.9182.50.52311.5
25Felix Hernandez114.996.40.54411.4
26Steve Rogers149.2130.80.53311.3
27Tommy John197.6181.00.52211.2
28Kevin Appier144.8127.30.53211.1
29Clayton Kershaw76.957.60.57211.0
30David Cone159.0143.50.52610.3


Next, the top 30 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) eWins over positional average amassed as a relief pitcher from 1969 through 2014.

Top 30, Wins over Positional Average, 1969 - 2014
Relief Pitcher
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mariano Rivera73.243.60.62712.6
2Billy Wagner53.738.80.5815.8
3Kent Tekulve77.763.10.5524.7
4Rollie Fingers84.369.40.5494.7
5Joe Nathan43.632.20.5754.2
6Trevor Hoffman62.850.40.5554.2
7Tom Henke46.134.60.5714.2
8Rich Gossage87.073.20.5434.0
9Dan Quisenberry57.445.20.5604.0
10Jonathan Papelbon35.925.90.5803.8
11Tug McGraw69.957.70.5483.8
12Mark Eichhorn48.437.80.5623.7
13Doug Jones63.352.30.5483.4
14Dennis Eckersley46.436.90.5573.2
15Tom Gordon49.339.70.5543.1
16Keith Foulke42.733.70.5593.1
17John Wetteland40.431.70.5603.1
18Arthur Rhodes49.740.60.5502.8
19Rafael Betancourt37.829.80.5592.7
20Huston Street34.426.90.5612.6
21Craig Kimbrel17.010.80.6122.6
22Takashi Saito19.513.20.5972.6
23Koji Uehara16.910.90.6092.5
24Rafael Soriano33.726.40.5602.5
25Joakim Soria22.716.20.5832.5
26Greg Holland17.111.20.6052.5
27Ron Reed45.637.80.5472.4
28Bob Stanley62.753.40.5402.4
29John Smoltz15.19.40.6162.3
30Eric Gagne22.416.20.5792.3


And the top 30 players in career (context-neutral, teammate-adjusted) offensive eWins over positional average amassed as a pitcher from 1969 through 2014.

Top 30, Wins over Positional Average, 1969 - 2014
Pitcher Offense
eWins eLosses eWinPct eWOPA
1Mike Hampton13.416.00.4554.1
2Carlos Zambrano11.514.40.4433.4
3Tom Glavine19.432.10.3763.1
4Bob Forsch14.920.30.4243.0
5Steve Carlton23.035.30.3942.9
6Rick Rhoden12.517.00.4252.5
7Don Robinson10.012.40.4452.5
8Livan Hernandez14.223.20.3792.5
9Ken Brett7.36.70.5222.4
10Orel Hershiser12.418.80.3972.3
11Bob Gibson10.513.40.4392.2
12Jason Marquis9.113.70.4012.1
13Dontrelle Willis6.78.20.4492.1
14Dwight Gooden11.317.30.3962.0
15Fernando Valenzuela13.220.90.3872.0
16Rick Wise8.911.20.4441.9
17Tom Seaver17.026.80.3881.9
18Russ Ortiz8.212.10.4031.8
19Yovani Gallardo6.49.00.4171.7
20Steve Renko8.511.30.4311.6
21John Smoltz13.023.00.3601.6
22Catfish Hunter6.88.40.4471.5
23Tim Lollar4.95.20.4851.5
24Micah Owings3.73.30.5241.5
25Mike Leake5.16.80.4271.4
26Randy Wolf9.917.20.3651.4
27Gregory 'Woody' Williams7.512.00.3841.4
28Jim Kaat8.411.90.4141.4
29Adam Wainwright7.011.40.3821.4
30Jim Rooker9.113.20.4091.4


Moving from regular season to postseason, and adding non-pitchers to the mix, the top 25 players in career pWins over both positional average as well as replacement level, again, from 1969 through 2014.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Mariano Rivera13.03.54.4
5.5
1Mariano Rivera13.03.54.4
5.5
2Curt Schilling9.35.42.2
3.0
2Andy Pettitte17.114.11.9
3.6
3Albert Pujols12.36.92.2
3.0
3Derek Jeter21.318.42.0
3.6
4John Smoltz12.59.32.1
3.2
4John Smoltz12.59.32.1
3.2
5Derek Jeter21.318.42.0
3.6
5Curt Schilling9.35.42.2
3.0
6Andy Pettitte17.114.11.9
3.6
6Albert Pujols12.36.92.2
3.0
7David Ortiz9.55.81.7
2.6
7David Ortiz9.55.81.7
2.6
8Carlos Beltran8.65.11.6
2.1
8Bernie Williams15.813.21.3
2.5
9Cliff P. Lee6.43.61.6
2.1
9Paul O'Neill11.68.01.6
2.3
10Paul O'Neill11.68.01.6
2.3
10Roger Clemens12.611.21.0
2.3
11Orlando Hernandez7.54.91.4
2.1
11Tom Glavine14.614.70.7
2.2
12Bernie Williams15.813.21.3
2.5
12Manny Ramirez15.212.31.1
2.2
13Josh Beckett6.24.01.3
1.8
13Carlos Beltran8.65.11.6
2.1
14Jim Palmer7.35.21.2
1.8
14Orlando Hernandez7.54.91.4
2.1
15Chuck Knoblauch8.76.41.2
1.8
15Cliff P. Lee6.43.61.6
2.1
16Chris Carpenter (1997)8.36.81.1
1.8
16Greg Maddux12.612.50.8
2.0
17Madison Bumgarner6.54.91.1
1.6
17Chris Carpenter (1997)8.36.81.1
1.8
18Ken Holtzman5.03.01.1
1.5
18Josh Beckett6.24.01.3
1.8
19Manny Ramirez15.212.31.1
2.2
19Chuck Knoblauch8.76.41.2
1.8
20David Wells7.55.71.1
1.8
20Jim Palmer7.35.21.2
1.8
21Pete Rose Sr.9.36.71.1
1.7
21David Wells7.55.71.1
1.8
22Tim Lincecum4.22.41.0
1.4
22Orel Hershiser7.76.21.0
1.7
23Johnny Bench6.14.01.0
1.4
23Pete Rose Sr.9.36.71.1
1.7
24Cole Hamels5.64.11.0
1.5
24Madison Bumgarner6.54.91.1
1.6
25Roger Clemens12.611.21.0
2.3
25Reggie Jackson10.18.10.8
1.6


So, there you have it, one of the best starting pitchers of the last 45 years; one of the best relief pitchers of the last 45 years; one of the best hitting pitchers of the last 45 years; one of the best postseason performers of the last 45 years. Not surprisingly, adding all of that up makes for a very impressive career.

The top 25 players in pWins (regular-season plus postseason) over positional average and replacement level, from 1969 through 2014.

pWins over Positional Average
Top 25 Players
          pWins over Replacement Level
Top 25 Players
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL           Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Barry Bonds468.5321.460.1
91.1
1Barry Bonds468.5321.460.1
91.1
2Roger Clemens330.7239.352.2
81.9
2Roger Clemens330.7239.352.2
81.9
3Greg Maddux341.1283.945.5
75.5
3Greg Maddux341.1283.945.5
75.5
4Joe L. Morgan323.1244.843.5
66.0
4Alex Rodriguez364.0288.442.5
68.0
5Alex Rodriguez364.0288.442.5
68.0
5Joe L. Morgan323.1244.843.5
66.0
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson289.2228.439.1
65.7
6Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson289.2228.439.1
65.7
7Derek Jeter390.7340.635.4
63.7
7Derek Jeter390.7340.635.4
63.7
8Albert Pujols299.6206.935.2
55.0
8Rickey Henderson434.8360.029.2
60.4
9Jim Palmer229.2169.934.5
52.8
9Cal Ripken387.0353.528.7
57.3
10Tom Seaver278.8231.934.3
56.3
10Chipper Jones347.7269.333.2
57.3
11Pedro J. Martinez198.8142.334.2
52.2
11Tom Glavine294.1264.329.8
56.7
12Mariano Rivera139.664.334.0
47.8
12Mike Schmidt341.5261.833.3
56.4
13Mike Schmidt341.5261.833.3
56.4
13Nolan Ryan351.7320.325.7
56.4
14Chipper Jones347.7269.333.2
57.3
14Tom Seaver278.8231.934.3
56.3
15John Smoltz252.3210.531.3
54.3
15Albert Pujols299.6206.935.2
55.0
16Mike Mussina231.8180.230.0
52.6
16Steve Carlton312.8281.129.7
54.9
17Tom Glavine294.1264.329.8
56.7
17John Smoltz252.3210.531.3
54.3
18Steve Carlton312.8281.129.7
54.9
18Reggie Jackson353.5283.826.7
54.1
19Rickey Henderson434.8360.029.2
60.4
19Manny Ramirez334.2263.128.3
52.9
20Cal Ripken387.0353.528.7
57.3
20Jim Palmer229.2169.934.5
52.8
21Lou Whitaker307.6262.428.5
50.4
21Mike Mussina231.8180.230.0
52.6
22Manny Ramirez334.2263.128.3
52.9
22Pedro J. Martinez198.8142.334.2
52.2
23Curt Schilling216.3177.527.7
47.9
23Lou Whitaker307.6262.428.5
50.4
24Barry Larkin294.3251.026.8
48.2
24Bert Blyleven294.7262.122.9
48.9
25Reggie Jackson353.5283.826.7
54.1
25Paul Molitor322.3275.920.5
48.5




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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