The All Fenway Park Pitching Staff…..

This one is for you stat geeks. I have taken my All Fenway pitching staff and put together a few numbers of interest. First let’s recap, from most recent to back in the day: Jon Lester (L), Jonathan Papelbon (R), Pedro Martinez (R), Roger Clemens (R), Luis Tiant (R), Dick Radatz (R), Mel Parnell (L), Lefty Grove (L), Babe Ruth (L) and “Smokey” Joe Wood (R).

Jon Lester, a two-time all-star, a cancer survivor whose best years are yet to come.

Jonathan Papelbon the Red Sox all time save leader. 

Pedro 117-37 and astounding .760 winning percentage with the Red Sox. 

Roger Clemens twice struck out 20 batters in a nine inning game, its only been done four times in history and he did it pre juice! 

Luis Tiant, no Red Sox pitcher had more guile, more heart than El Tiante.

Dick Radatz was 40-21 (.656) with 78 saves in three successive years before an arm injury derailed his career.  

Mel Parnell authored a Fenway Park no-hitter versus the White Sox in 1956. 

Tom Yawkey included $125,000 in the trade that brought Lefty Grove to Boston in 1933. 

In 1916 Babe beat Walter Johnson four times surrendering two runs in 39 innings.

Had he not been injured the best pitcher of the year award might have been called the Smokey Joe Wood Award instead of the Cy Young Award. 

Now for a few fun stats and for purposes of remaining true to the All Fenway team, I included in these numbers only “Smokey” Joe Wood’s stats from 1912 on. So here goes.

The All Fenway pitching staff has a collective record of 966-518 (.651) with an ERA of 3.11 and 357 saves.  The starters combined for a total of 34 saves with Mel Parnell having 10 and Pedro eight.

“Smokey” Joe was 70-18 (.795) from 1912 through 1915 with an ERA of 1.70 and he completed 79% of his starts. Oh, and he threw in five saves.

They appeared in 2477 games and threw 646 complete games. In an interesting stat, the starters threw a complete game 36% of the time and the percentage of complete games is commensurate to the pitching eras. Ruth completed 73% of his starts, “Lefty” Grove threw a complete game in 63% his starts. Wood, Ruth and Grove completed 73% of their collective starts.

Entering into the era when closers became more and more relied upon the decline in complete games increases.  Tiant (47%) marks the transition era of the 1970s and by the time Clemens arrived in 1984 the closer was entrenched in baseball. His complete game percentage was 26% of his starts. Jon Lester has six complete games in his career for a total of 0.03% of his starts.

They faced 54,047 batters, walked 4,216 of them and hit 359 of them. They surrendered 11, 485 hits leaving opponents with a .232 average. They struck out 9,850 batters. Although Clemens is the all time Red Sox strikeout leader with 2,590 Pedro is the All Fenway strikeout king averaging 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Clemens struck out one of every 4.3 batters he faced, Pedro, had one in every 3.2 batters go down on strikes. In an interesting look at, shall we say the “intimidation” factor, Clemens hit one of every 132 batters he faced, Pedro plunked one of every 71 batters! As for control, again it’s Pedro, he walked one batter for every 17.7 he faced, Clemens gave a pass to every 13.2 batters.

The All Fenway pitching staff has collectively led the league in the following categories: Wins-5 times, Winning percentage-7 times, ERA-14 times, Shutouts-10 times, Strikeouts-3 times,  Complete games-5 times, Starts-twice and Innings pitched-twice. They have made 20 all-star appearances, won 5 CY Young Awards and one MVP.

Oh, and one more thing…..

The GREATEST pitcher in the history of the Red Sox and Fenway Park!

And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, February 28, 2012.

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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One Response to The All Fenway Park Pitching Staff…..

  1. Reblogged this on fenwaypark100 and commented:

    I will love Curt Schilling and Jim Lonborg FOREVER! Eck too! Lee was close and Wakefield is a prince but really, this is the all time Sox staff right here!

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