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Rollie Fingers

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Rollie Fingers

Rollie Fingers was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 2nd year of eligibility, 1992, with 81.2% of the vote.

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

Rollie Fingers
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1968OAK21
1
0.00.10.240-0.0
-0.0
0.00.30.064-0.2-0.1
1969OAK22
60
6.88.00.460-0.6
0.3
6.37.10.470-0.40.4
1970OAK23
45
8.88.60.5050.3
1.2
8.28.00.5050.31.1
1971OAK24
48
7.17.00.5040.1
0.9
6.96.10.5310.51.1
1972OAK25
65
7.95.00.6121.3
2.1
5.74.60.5510.41.1
1973OAK26
62
8.15.90.5760.8
1.7
5.94.60.5590.41.1
1974OAK27
76
8.65.70.6041.2
2.1
5.14.00.5620.41.0
1975OAK28
76
9.15.60.6221.6
2.5
5.34.70.5320.20.8
1976OAK29
70
9.28.30.5270.2
1.3
6.45.10.5560.51.2
1977SDN30
78
9.27.70.5440.5
1.6
6.56.00.5210.10.9
1978SDN31
67
9.36.50.5911.4
2.3
5.23.90.5740.61.2
1979SDN32
54
5.17.80.394-1.4
-0.7
4.24.70.470-0.30.2
1980SDN33
66
7.66.50.5360.5
1.3
5.64.60.5480.51.1
1981MIL34
47
7.13.70.6601.5
2.2
3.72.30.6160.61.0
1982MIL35
50
7.94.00.6661.7
2.4
3.92.70.5930.40.9
1984MIL37
33
5.02.50.6681.1
1.5
2.11.80.5330.00.3
1985MIL38
47
4.34.50.486-0.3
0.3
2.72.80.489-0.20.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
945
121.197.30.5559.8
23.0
83.673.40.5333.913.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
30
4.93.40.589 1.12.72.80.490 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
975
126.0100.60.555
24.1
86.376.10.533 13.4


Rollie Fingers pitched for three World Series winners: the 1972, 1973, and 1974 Oakland A's. Fingers pitched well in all three of these postseasons. But he was at his best, by far, in 1974. In the 1974 postseason, Fingers pitched in 6 games, pitching 12.1 innings with a 2.19 ERA, earning 1 win and 3 saves, capping off the postseason by being named World Series MVP.

This article, then, looks at Rollie Fingers's 1974 postseason (pitching only), as evaluated by Player won-lost records. Player won-lost records are calculated such that the players on the winning team earn 2 pWins and 1 pLoss within a given game and the players on the losing team earn 1 pWin and 2 pLoss.

ALCS, Game 1
The Baltimore Orioles jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth and led 6-2 when Fingers entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth. Fingers pitched one scoreless inning, working around a leadoff single by Don Baylor with one strikeout. A fairly uneventul, low-value appearance to start the postseason.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.01 - 0.00, 0.00 net wins.
ALCS, Game 4
The A's won Games 2 and 3 of the ALCS on the strength of back-to-back complete-game shutouts, by Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue. Catfish Hunter also had a shutout working through seven innings of Game 4 with the A's clinging to a 2-0 lead.

Hunter allowed a leadoff single to Baylor to start the bottom of the eighth inning, bringing the tying run to the plate in the person of Brooks Robinson, bringing Fingers into the game. Two flyouts and a strikeout ended the threat in the eighth. Fingers stayed in the game for the ninth. That inning, he allowed a run on two singles and a walk, but struck out the ubiquitous Don Baylor to end the game and the series.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.41 - 0.15, 0.26 net wins.
World Series, Game 1
Game 1 of the World Series probably looks strange to somebody used to the modern "closer" model of bullpen usage. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dodgers scored a run on an error and a single to close to within 2-1. When starting pitcher Ken Holtzman walked Jim Wynn to move the tying run into scoring position, A's manager Al Dark didn't fool around. He went to his relief ace, bringing Rollie Fingers into the game with one out in the fifth inning. Fingers struck out Steve Garvey and got out of the inning without allowing any further damage - working around a hit-by-pitch that loaded the bases with two out.

Fingers then pitched three more shutout innings - the 6th, 7th, and 8th - as the A's extended their lead to 3-1. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Fingers - who had pitched 4-1/3 innings and faced 17 batters to this point - finally started to fatigue, allowing a home run and a single, leading Dark to bring in 1974 Cy Young winner Catfish Hunter to get the final out of the 3-2 A's win.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.43 - 0.19, 0.24 net wins.
World Series, Game 3
After pitching 4-1/3 innings in Game 1, Rollie Fingers understandably did not pitch in Game 2, which the Dodgers won 3-2. The lack of a relief ace did not really hurt the A's here, as the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning which they would never relinquish. The A's managed to avoid a shutout with two runs in the ninth inning, which left them one run down.

When the series shifted to Oakland for Games 3, 4, and 5, Fingers was ready.

Fingers entered Game 3 with one out in the eighth inning and the A's leading 3-1. Although he allowed a home run to Willie Crawford leading off the ninth, he finished out the A's 3-2 victory.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.29 - 0.13, 0.16 net wins.
World Series, Game 4
With the A's leading the Series 2-1, the A's scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead. A walk and a single by the Dodgers with two out in the eighth inning brought the tying run to the plate in the person of Joe Ferguson and brought Rollie Fingers in from the bullpen. Fingers struck out Ferguson and pitched a scoreless 3-batter ninth to preserve the A's 5-2 victory and bring them within one win of their third consecutive World Championship.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.08 - 0.02, 0.06 net wins.
World Series, Game 5
In Game 5, the A's scored single runs in the bottom of the first and second, to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tied the score with two runs in the top of the sixth, but Joe Rudi led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to give the A's a 3-2 lead.

With two innings to go, Manager Dark wasted no time in turning the game over to his relief ace to bring the championship home. It was a good choice. Fingers worked around a single and a walk in the eighth and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and the Oakland A's had their third consecutive World Championship.

Overall, for this game, Rollie Fingers amassed a Player won-lost record (in context) of 0.25 - 0.11, 0.15 net wins.

For the 1974 postseason, that works out to an overall record (pitching only) of 1.46 - 0.59, 0.87 net 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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