Anyone Remember Bob Veale?
posted at 9/6/2011 2:20 PM EDT
Red Sox fans should remember him as a reliever in 1973 and 1974. He had 11 saves in 1973. Pirates fans will remember hims a decent starter in the 1960s. He had a four-year stretch of winning 16 twice, 17 once and 18 once, going 67-44 with a 3.02 ERA.
Anyway, I came across an interesting stat while posting on the thread that disappeared as I was posting on it, about the Phillies pitching staff. I was making the point that nothing is guaranteed and I compared the 1971 pitching staffs of Baltimore (four 20-game winners) and Pittsburgh. The Pirates won the World Series despite having an inferior staff.
The stat I came across is yet another that falls under the categories of 'Baseball is a Funny Game' and 'You Have to Look Deeper into Stats.'
In 1971, pitching all his 37 games out of the bullpen, Veale was 6-0. Solid guy to have right?
His ERA was 6.99.
Of course, it's worth nothing that he had four games with this line:
3 IP, 5 ER
4 IP, 5 ER
1.2 IP, 4 ER
1 IP, 6 ER
Total 9.2 IP, 20 ER, 18.56
In his other 33 games, his line was:
36.2 IP, 16 ER, 3.92, which is much more respectable.
Still, it's funny how he managed to win six game with all his bad blowups coming in games the Pirates were already losing; and if he gave up the lead in any game, the Pirates came back so he wouldn't get the loss.
Looking even deeper, yet another interesting stat -- he allowed just six of 37 inherited runners to score, a very respectable 16 percent. And it's worth noting that he was good when it counted in September, making eight appearances, 7.2 IP, 1 ER, 1.16 ERA.
Still, 6-0 with a 6.99 ERA is an odd line to see.