Maddux and Glavine, in bullets

  • Even though strikeouts were not his bread and butter, Maddux had more K’s (181) in 1995  than hits and walks combined en route to his fourth consecutive Cy Young.
  • Mad Dog didn’t make it past the 4th inning in 2 of his first 5 starts as a Brave in 1993.  He pitched at least 5 innings in every start that followed through Sept. 10, ’95, when he was lifted early due to a minor injury.
  • Glavine averaged 3.1 BB/9 IP over his career, contributing to a WHIP a little higher than most HOF pitchers. But in his second season, a 23-year-old Glavine walked only 40 in 186 innings, good for a 1.140 WHIP — second only to his 1.097 WHIP in ’91.
  • Tommy G. and Ron Gant were nearly traded to Boston in the late 1980s for Mike Greenwell. The deal was nixed when Bobby refused to include Kent Mercker.
  • You know he was smart. But did you know Glavine had been accepted to Harvard after high school. He chose the Braves over the Crimson — not to mention the L.A. Kings.
  • Add three more innings over two seasons and Maddux would have 20 seasons of 200 or more IP
  • From July 31, 1993, through August 4, 1995, Mad Dog had 56 quality starts in 57 games pitched.
  • Maddux and Glavine weren’t taken until the second round of the 1984 draft, Glav was selected 16 picks after Mad Dog. The Braves took Drew Denson in the first round that year; the Cubs, Drew Hall. Also chosen ahead of the HOF’ers: Shawn Abner, Cory Snyder, Alan Cockrell, Oddibe McDowell, Pete Smith,  Terry Mulholland, Scott Bankhead and Mike Dunne.
  • In May 2001, a 35-year-old Maddux became the first pitcher since 1919 to record two 1-0 complete game shutouts in the same month.
  • In a game that lasted 2:07, Mad Dog threw just 76 pitches in a complete game victory over the Cubs.
  • Glavine completed three of his first four World Series starts. In 58.1 career Fall Classic innings, he allowed just 33 hits.
  • Right-handed batters had a .697 OPS vs. Glavine; lefties, .696.
  • Maddux had a .0936 WHIP in his 355 wins.
  • Mad Dog at Fulco: 38-15-2.33 ERA, 0.949 WHIP; at Turner Field: 72-31-2.68, 1.083 WHIP.



4 thoughts on “Maddux and Glavine, in bullets

  1. That .0936 WHIP over Maddux’s career wins is a typo and should be 0.936, right?
    That I’m even a little unsure that it’s a typo speaks a lot about how good he was…

  2. Doug Glanville has a good write-up about what it was like facing Maddux over on ESPN. My favorite is this bit right here:

    Then there was how well Maddux studied every hitter. Usually, there are tried and true ways you can feel like the league is starting to respect you as a hitter. That it is getting around the league that you are now a bona-fide big league batter and that pitchers better have a plan against you or else you will get your share of hits. So maybe you get intentionally walked one day, maybe someone throws a 2-0 changeup, or maybe you sat on a pitch and took someone deep. All statements saying, “I am here, respect me.”

    But with Maddux that was not my barometer of respect. Mine was when I knew he at least spent more than five seconds on my scouting report. This was evident because one game when I was leading off, I put my head down as I got set up in the box. This was part of my leadoff ritual. This time, when I looked up, the pitch was halfway home. Strike one. He had noticed after many games that when I started off the game, I looked down at the ground so I was giving him a free “strike one” if he could just lay it in there. From that day forth, I had to get in the box with one eye on him. He took me out of my routine for the rest of my at-bats against him from using patterns against you. He found something to exploit. Game. Set. Match.

    Maddux was a genius like that…

  3. There is a lot of info about Tom, including that brief flirtation with Harvard, in John Feinstein’s excellent book “Living On The Black.” It’s built around his ’07 season with the Mets but there is a lot of material about his earlier career.

  4. That’s an excellent story from Doug Glanville, and sounds exactly like Maddux.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s