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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
4.36.30.407-0.9
-0.4
4.26.40.393-1.0-0.5
1989ATL22
33
14.412.70.5311.3
2.5
14.312.80.5271.22.3
1990ATL23
38
14.815.60.4850.1
1.5
14.915.50.4910.31.6
1991ATL24
38
14.613.50.5201.0
2.3
14.713.40.5241.12.4
1992ATL25
36
17.116.00.5171.1
2.7
16.816.30.5080.82.4
1993ATL26
35
15.514.40.5191.1
2.4
15.015.00.5000.61.9
1994ATL27
21
9.09.50.4850.0
1.0
9.29.30.4980.31.2
1995ATL28
29
11.810.80.5210.8
1.9
11.610.90.5160.71.8
1996ATL29
35
18.211.80.6063.8
5.3
17.612.40.5883.24.7
1997ATL30
36
16.414.80.5251.4
3.1
17.513.70.5622.64.2
1998ATL31
26
13.37.70.6333.2
4.2
12.18.80.5792.13.1
1999ATL32
29
13.510.80.5571.9
3.0
14.310.00.5872.63.8
2001ATL34
36
4.42.40.6441.0
1.4
3.73.00.5510.40.8
2002ATL35
75
10.03.90.7233.1
4.1
8.65.30.6161.62.7
2003ATL36
62
5.72.40.7001.6
2.2
5.42.60.6731.42.0
2004ATL37
73
7.83.50.6912.2
2.9
6.54.80.5720.81.6
2005ATL38
33
13.611.80.5351.4
2.5
14.311.10.5632.13.2
2006ATL39
35
15.313.60.5291.5
2.9
15.113.70.5241.42.8
2007ATL40
32
12.911.00.5401.4
2.6
13.110.80.5491.62.8
2008ATL41
6
2.42.00.5440.3
0.5
2.42.00.5480.30.5
42
15
4.96.50.429-0.7
-0.1
5.75.80.4980.10.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
735
239.7201.10.54426.6
48.5
237.2203.70.53824.145.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
42
12.59.30.574 3.113.510.90.554 3.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
777
252.2210.40.544
51.6
250.7214.60.538 48.9


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 Clemens277.1216.70.56130.2
2Greg Maddux274.6217.80.55828.4
3Pedro J. Martinez156.4114.80.57720.8
4Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson235.1194.10.54820.5
5J. Kevin Brown179.0142.90.55618.0
6Mike Mussina196.9162.50.54817.2
7Tom Seaver229.6198.20.53715.7
8Curt Schilling169.9139.30.55015.3
9Jim Palmer192.8163.30.54114.8
10Bert Blyleven271.6242.80.52814.4
11Nolan Ryan292.8264.00.52614.4
12Tim Hudson164.1136.10.54714.0
13Roy Halladay149.1121.10.55214.0
14Gaylord Perry215.8189.50.53213.1
15Bret Saberhagen138.2112.20.55213.0
16John Smoltz176.3152.00.53712.2
17Andy Pettitte183.8161.40.53211.2
18Tom Glavine239.6217.30.52411.2
19Don Sutton245.0222.80.52411.1
20C.C. Sabathia156.1135.10.53610.5
21Roy Oswalt121.4100.50.54710.5
22Johan Santana105.685.80.5529.9
23Clayton Kershaw76.957.60.5729.6
24Felix Hernandez114.896.30.5449.3
25Steve Rogers149.1130.70.5339.2
26Steve Carlton251.3233.00.5199.1
27Kevin Appier144.8127.30.5328.7
28Fergie Jenkins199.9182.40.5238.7
29Tommy John197.3180.80.5228.2
30Ron Guidry124.4108.00.5358.2


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 Rivera73.243.60.62714.8
2Billy Wagner53.738.80.5817.4
3Rollie Fingers84.369.40.5487.4
4Kent Tekulve77.763.00.5527.3
5Rich Gossage87.073.20.5436.9
6Trevor Hoffman62.850.40.5556.2
7Tug McGraw69.957.70.5486.1
8Dan Quisenberry57.345.10.5596.1
9Tom Henke46.134.60.5715.7
10Joe Nathan43.632.20.5755.7
11Doug Jones63.352.30.5485.5
12Mark Eichhorn48.437.80.5625.3
13Jonathan Papelbon35.925.90.5805.0
14Lee Smith71.261.60.5364.8
15Tom Gordon49.339.70.5544.8
16Dennis Eckersley46.436.90.5574.7
17Bob Stanley62.753.30.5404.7
18Arthur Rhodes49.740.60.5504.5
19Keith Foulke42.733.60.5594.5
20John Franco71.462.50.5334.4
21John Wetteland40.431.70.5604.4
22Larry Andersen55.546.90.5424.3
23Mike R. Jackson65.557.20.5344.2
24Mike G. Marshall68.159.80.5334.2
25Rafael Betancourt37.829.80.5594.0
26Mike Timlin66.558.60.5313.9
27Ron Reed45.637.80.5473.9
28Gene Garber78.770.90.5263.9
29LaTroy Hawkins51.143.40.5413.9
30Frankie Rodriguez49.341.70.5423.8


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 Zambrano11.514.40.4443.4
3Tom Glavine19.432.10.3763.1
4Bob Forsch14.920.30.4243.0
5Steve Carlton23.035.30.3942.9
6Don Robinson10.012.30.4472.5
7Livan Hernandez14.223.20.3792.5
8Rick Rhoden12.417.00.4232.5
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 Willis6.68.20.4492.1
14Dwight Gooden11.317.30.3962.0
15Rick Wise8.911.20.4441.9
16Fernando Valenzuela13.220.90.3871.9
17Tom Seaver17.026.80.3881.9
18Russ Ortiz8.212.10.4041.8
19Yovani Gallardo6.49.00.4171.7
20Steve Renko8.511.10.4341.6
21John Smoltz13.023.00.3601.6
22Catfish Hunter6.88.40.4471.5
23Tim Lollar4.95.20.4851.5
24Micah Owings3.63.30.5231.5
25Mike Leake5.16.80.4271.4
26Randy Wolf9.917.20.3651.4
27Gregory 'Woody' Williams7.512.00.3851.4
28Jim Kaat8.411.90.4141.4
29Adam Wainwright7.011.40.3811.4
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 Rivera12.93.54.7
5.8
1Mariano Rivera12.93.54.7
5.8
2Albert Pujols12.36.92.2
3.0
2Derek Jeter21.318.42.0
3.5
3Curt Schilling9.35.42.1
2.8
3Andy Pettitte17.114.11.6
3.3
4John Smoltz12.59.32.0
3.1
4John Smoltz12.59.32.0
3.1
5Derek Jeter21.318.42.0
3.5
5Albert Pujols12.36.92.2
3.0
6David Ortiz9.55.81.7
2.6
6Curt Schilling9.35.42.1
2.8
7Carlos Beltran8.65.11.6
2.1
7David Ortiz9.55.81.7
2.6
8Andy Pettitte17.114.11.6
3.3
8Bernie Williams15.813.21.3
2.5
9Paul O'Neill11.68.01.5
2.3
9Paul O'Neill11.68.01.5
2.3
10Cliff P. Lee6.43.61.5
2.0
10Carlos Beltran8.65.11.6
2.1
11Orlando Hernandez7.54.91.3
2.0
11Manny Ramirez15.212.31.1
2.1
12Bernie Williams15.813.21.3
2.5
12Roger Clemens12.611.20.8
2.0
13Chuck Knoblauch8.76.41.2
1.8
13Orlando Hernandez7.54.91.3
2.0
14Josh Beckett6.24.01.2
1.7
14Cliff P. Lee6.43.61.5
2.0
15Jim Palmer7.35.21.2
1.7
15Tom Glavine14.614.70.5
1.9
16Manny Ramirez15.212.31.1
2.1
16Chuck Knoblauch8.76.41.2
1.8
17Pete Rose Sr.9.36.71.1
1.7
17Greg Maddux12.612.50.5
1.8
18Ken Holtzman5.03.01.0
1.4
18Josh Beckett6.24.01.2
1.7
19Johnny Bench6.14.01.0
1.4
19Jim Palmer7.35.21.2
1.7
20Madison Bumgarner6.54.91.0
1.5
20Chris Carpenter (1997)8.36.81.0
1.7
21Tim Lincecum4.22.41.0
1.3
21Pete Rose Sr.9.36.71.1
1.7
22Chris Carpenter (1997)8.36.81.0
1.7
22David Wells7.55.70.9
1.7
23Dave Henderson5.23.21.0
1.3
23Reggie Jackson10.18.10.8
1.6
24Scott Brosius7.15.31.0
1.5
24Orel Hershiser7.76.20.8
1.6
25Cole Hamels5.64.11.0
1.4
25Madison Bumgarner6.54.91.0
1.5


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 Bonds468.3321.260.8
91.8
1Barry Bonds468.3321.260.8
91.8
2Roger Clemens330.6239.247.1
76.6
2Roger Clemens330.6239.247.1
76.6
3Joe L. Morgan323.0244.643.6
66.1
3Greg Maddux341.1283.840.5
70.2
4Alex Rodriguez364.1288.541.9
67.5
4Alex Rodriguez364.1288.541.9
67.5
5Greg Maddux341.1283.840.5
70.2
5Joe L. Morgan323.0244.643.6
66.1
6Mariano Rivera139.564.337.6
51.5
6Derek Jeter390.8340.834.9
63.2
7Albert Pujols299.4206.935.4
55.2
7Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson289.1228.334.7
61.1
8Derek Jeter390.8340.834.9
63.2
8Rickey Henderson435.2360.328.8
60.1
9Randy 'Big Unit' Johnson289.1228.334.7
61.1
9Chipper Jones347.8269.433.7
57.8
10Mike Schmidt341.6261.833.7
56.9
10Mike Schmidt341.6261.833.7
56.9
11Chipper Jones347.8269.433.7
57.8
11Cal Ripken387.2353.528.0
56.6
12Jim Palmer229.2169.832.0
50.1
12Albert Pujols299.4206.935.4
55.2
13Pedro J. Martinez198.8142.231.3
49.2
13Reggie Jackson353.0283.326.6
54.0
14Tom Seaver278.7231.830.8
52.7
14Tom Seaver278.7231.830.8
52.7
15Rickey Henderson435.2360.328.8
60.1
15Manny Ramirez333.4262.827.6
52.2
16John Smoltz252.2210.428.6
51.6
16Tom Glavine294.0264.225.2
52.0
17Lou Whitaker307.6262.328.2
50.2
17John Smoltz252.2210.428.6
51.6
18Cal Ripken387.2353.528.0
56.6
18Mariano Rivera139.564.337.6
51.5
19Manny Ramirez333.4262.827.6
52.2
19Nolan Ryan351.6320.220.9
51.3
20Barry Larkin294.6251.027.5
48.9
20Steve Carlton312.7280.825.8
50.8
21Reggie Jackson353.0283.326.6
54.0
21Lou Whitaker307.6262.328.2
50.2
22Mike Mussina231.7180.126.2
48.6
22Jim Palmer229.2169.832.0
50.1
23Steve Carlton312.7280.825.8
50.8
23Pedro J. Martinez198.8142.231.3
49.2
24Tom Glavine294.0264.225.2
52.0
24Barry Larkin294.6251.027.5
48.9
25Johnny Bench234.8185.224.8
41.5
25Mike Mussina231.7180.126.2
48.6




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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