Despicable 3-2

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photo credit: @KarenReFocus

A couple of days ago, my Twitter feed was full of the usual silliness . . . this time about movies with slightly changed titles, when this thought popped in my head:

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I wanna see that animated movie about a grumpy ex-villain with a nasty payoff pitch, “Despicable 3-2″ #movies#mlb

 

 

 

That got me wondering if any pitchers were particularly terrific in 3-2 counts in their career.  With the Baseball Reference Play Index Pitching Split Finder fired up, I filtered for all pitchers’ performance in a full count since 1988 (when individual pitch data became more readily available).

Sad to say, Karen Matarazzo’s brilliant realization that John Lannan IS Gru didn’t bear fruit in terms of his performance in 3-2 counts.  But here are some pitchers whose performance did.

Here are the pitchers with the lowest OPS in 3-2 counts (minimum 1,000 innings pitched in career).   Many of the names you would expect (Ryan, Pedro, Maddux ….) and Chris Bosio?:

Player OPS H HR BB SO BF
Cole Hamels .638 83 12 187 259 711
Doug Jones .647 46 3 61 90 293
Greg Maddux .655 214 20 348 435 1509
Yovani Gallardo .657 76 4 195 190 663
Chris Bosio .658 67 8 151 126 554
Nolan Ryan .674 72 7 234 206 698
Brandon Webb .683 80 5 171 136 591
Mariano Rivera .684 74 8 124 127 498
Pedro Martinez .695 179 23 381 489 1400
Jim Deshaies .697 94 15 193 168 723
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/20/2013.

Here are the best pitchers in terms of SO/BB rate in 3-2 counts (again, minimum 1,000 career innings since 1988).  Hey, this Doug Jones was pretty despicable, wasn’t he?  And . . . Ervin Santana?

Player SO/BB BB SO BF
Doug Jones 1.475 61 90 293
Cole Hamels 1.385 187 259 711
Pedro Martinez 1.284 381 489 1400
Greg Maddux 1.250 348 435 1509
Tim Lincecum 1.174 219 257 763
Jered Weaver 1.153 190 219 829
Curt Schilling 1.126 349 393 1385
Trevor Hoffman 1.098 133 146 500
Ervin Santana 1.081 234 253 908
Roy Halladay 1.060 301 319 1153
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/20/2013.

Sadly, B-R doesn’t have K% or BB% (yet), because those would be great measures of 3-2 “despicableness”.

And as for John Lannan, Gru’s doppelganger?  Eh . . . not very “despicable 3-2″

PA H HR BB SO SO/BB BA OBP SLG OPS
394 78 10 115 70 0.61 .281 .490 .475 .965
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/20/2013.

 

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