Oct 31, 2012

Tricked Out on Halloween: Pitcher Losses

Sometimes pitcher losses aren't always what they seem.  Are they treats for a game not as well pitched as you had hoped or are they tricks for doing well in previous years or for being a good team except when they don't give you run support.  Here are the tricked out categories.

MVPs that led the league in losses
Hal Newhouser
Denny McLain
Vida Blue
Justin Verlander

HOFers that led the league in losses
Amos Rusie:
Vic Willis
Cy Young
Ed Walsh
Eppa Rixey
Rube Marquard
Burleigh Grimes
Red Ruffing
Ted Lyons
Early Wynn
Hal Newhouser
Bob Lemon
Robin Roberts
Steve Carlton
Nolan Ryan
Phil Niekro
Bert Blyleven

Pitchers that led the league in losses and won a pennant and/or world series

Tim Lincecum (2012)
Jason Marquis (2006)
Livan Hernandez (2002)

Leading the league in losses and wins in the same year
Phil Niekro

And most horrifying of all, here are all the years where a Phillies pitcher led the league in losses since 1900.
1911, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1973, 1989, 1997

Happy Halloween!

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