Cardinals’ Top Ten Pitching Starts of 2012 by Game Score

by on June 21, 2012 · 2 comments

Jake Westbrook sure twirled a gem last night didn’t he?

Look at the smile on his face at the end of the game, shaking hands with his teammates – looks like a man who just had a blast tossing a baseball, and being really successful doing it:

Smiling Jake is smiling.

As my mind tends to wander following a performance like Westbrook’s, I thought of Game Score and which Cardinal pitchers have registered the top starts of the 2012 season using Game Score.

Fancy chart after the jump…

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc ERA WPA
1 Adam Wainwright 2012-05-22 STL SDP W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 1 9 0 111 76 87 0.00 0.434
2 Lance Lynn 2012-06-13 STL CHW W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 7.1 3 0 0 1 12 0 112 77 83 0.00 0.440
3 Jake Westbrook 2012-06-20 STL DET W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 0 1 5 0 113 81 79 0.00 0.511
4 Kyle Lohse 2012-06-09 STL CLE W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 7.2 3 0 0 2 4 0 105 66 75 0.00 0.508
5 Jake Westbrook 2012-05-08 STL ARI W 6-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 0 0 2 8 0 115 72 75 0.00 0.156
6 Kyle Lohse 2012-04-17 STL CIN W 2-1 GS-7 7.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 90 64 74 0.00 0.451
7 Lance Lynn 2012-04-08 STL MIL W 9-3 GS-7 ,W 6.2 2 1 1 1 8 1 100 69 73 1.35 0.285
8 Kyle Lohse 2012-04-04 STL MIA W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 7.1 2 1 1 0 3 0 90 56 73 1.23 0.354
9 Lance Lynn 2012-04-25 STL CHC W 5-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 6 1 1 2 7 1 110 72 71 1.12 0.266
10 Adam Wainwright 2012-06-17 STL KCR L 3-5 GS-7 7.0 5 1 1 3 8 0 109 70 68 1.29 0.267
11 Lance Lynn 2012-04-20 STL PIT W 4-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 4 1 1 1 4 1 88 53 68 1.29 0.351
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2012.

Seeing Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright on this list shouldn’t surprise you, but note that Westbrook is on there twice after last night.

Not only that, but his complete game in Detroit is the third best ranked start with a Game Score of 79.  If you need a refresher on Game Score (courtesy BR’s Play Index glossary):

Game Score – This is a value created by Bill James that evaluates how good a pitcher’s start was.

Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (or 3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

So long and short – keep the other team from scoring runs, keep them off the bases, pitch lots of innings, and get bonus for strikeouts that don’t even offer the hitter a chance to reach base.

Jake did a pretty good job of all of those, as has Lynn, and Wainwright, and let’s pray Kyle Lohse keeps pitching like this. (And Westbrook too.)

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Mike Stutzman June 22, 2012

Rarely do you see a pitcher beaming like Westbrook was after complete game win

PH8 June 22, 2012

He looked like he had just thrown a no-hitter, didn’t he?

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