Friday, October 06, 2006

Kenny Rogers' Postseason History


Year Round Tm Opp WLser G GS ERA W-L SV CG SHO IP H ER BB SO
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+
1996 ALDS NYY TEX W 2 1 9.00 0-0 0 0 0 2.0 5 2 2 1
ALCS NYY BAL W 1 1 12.00 0-0 0 0 0 3.0 5 4 2 3
WS NYY ATL W 1 1 22.50 0-0 0 0 0 2.0 5 5 2 0
1999 NLDS NYM ARI W 1 1 8.31 0-1 0 0 0 4.3 5 4 2 6
NLCS NYM ATL L 3 1 5.87 0-2 0 0 0 7.7 11 5 7 2
2003 ALDS MIN NYY L 1 0 0.00 0-0 0 0 0 1.3 1 0 1 3
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+
3 Lg Div Series 2-1 4 2 7.04 0-1 0 0 0 7.7 11 6 5 10
2 Lg Champ Series 1-1 4 2 7.59 0-2 0 0 0 10.7 16 9 9 5
6 Postseason Ser 4-2 9 5 8.85 0-3 0 0 0 20.3 32 20 16 15
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+


Only five runs over seven and two-thirds innings in his last postseason start! It's a marked improvement. The best part of this table is the very first line: two games, one of which was a start in the 1996 ALDS, pitching a total of two innings. Muy ridiculoso. How is Jim Leyland allowing him to start tonight? Isn't there a guy named Jeremy Bonderman on this team? I'd much rather throw the dice with an inexperienced playoff pitcher (hey, it worked for Verlander) than trot out Kenny Rogers. His last postseason start:

New York Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR
Rogers L(0-1) 5.1 9 4 4 3 1 2


Though, the worst of the worst:

New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR
Rogers 2 5 5 5 2 0 1


You can take one guess as to what game that was. I'll give you a hint: a pitcher's career was ruined that night, but unfortunately, it wasn't Rogers'.

Just to take up space, here's our guy:

Year Round Tm Opp WLser G GS ERA W-L SV CG SHO IP H ER BB SO
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+
1995 ALDS SEA NYY W 2 1 2.70 2-0 0 0 0 10.0 5 3 6 16
ALCS SEA CLE L 2 2 2.35 0-1 0 0 0 15.3 12 4 2 13
1997 ALDS SEA BAL L 2 2 5.54 0-2 0 1 0 13.0 14 8 6 16
1998 NLDS HOU SDP L 2 2 1.93 0-2 0 0 0 14.0 12 3 2 17
1999 NLDS ARI NYM L 1 1 7.56 0-1 0 0 0 8.3 8 7 3 11
2001 NLDS ARI STL W 1 1 3.38 0-1 0 0 0 8.0 6 3 2 9
NLCS ARI ATL W 2 2 1.12 2-0 0 1 1 16.0 10 2 3 19
WS ARI NYY W 3 2 1.04 3-0 0 1 1 17.3 9 2 3 19
2002 NLDS ARI STL L 1 1 7.50 0-1 0 0 0 6.0 10 5 2 4
2005 ALDS NYY LAA L 2 1 6.14 0-0 0 0 7.3 12 5 1 4
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+
7 Lg Div Series 2-5 11 9 4.59 2-7 0 1 0 66.7 67 34 22 77
2 Lg Champ Series 1-1 4 4 1.72 2-1 0 1 1 31.3 22 6 5 32
10 Postseason Ser 4-6 18 15 3.28 7-8 0 3 2 115.3 98 42 30 128
+------------------+-----+--+--+------+-----+--+--+---+-----+---+---+---+---+


But, more importantly:

IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
6.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 91-59 5.37
8.0 4 4 4 1 8 3 106-76 4.94


And you all remember that two of the runs in the second game came in the ninth. All things considered, I don't think there's a chance Randy Johnson pitches the ninth today, barring a no-no.

So how confident are you about tonight?