Matt Garza and other .500 pitchers

New Brewer Matt Garza expectorates more than any human I've ever seen

New Brewer Matt Garza expectorates more than any human I’ve ever seen

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed pitcher Matt Garza to a four-year, $50 million contract, with an option for 2018.

While I am in the camp that does not look at wins as a way to measure a pitcher’s effectiveness, I’m comfortable in comparing wins to wins without placing a value on the pitcher.

I bring this up because Garza has a lifetime record of .500 in 134 decisions (67-67). Yet Matt isn’t even the active pitcher with the most decisions and sitting at .500. That honor belongs to Gavin Floyd, who recently signed with the Braves, celebrated his birthday on Monday, and has a 70-70 lifetime record.

The pitcher with the most decisions all-time and has a .500 record is not surprisingly a knuckleballer: Charlie Hough. Hough finished his career with a record of 216-216.

Top 20 career .500 pitchers

Rk Player Dec From To W L ERA Tm
1 Charlie Hough 432 1970 1994 216 216 3.75 LAD-TOT-TEX-CHW-FLA
2 Howard Ehmke 332 1915 1930 166 166 3.75 BUF-DET-BOS-TOT-PHA
3 Nap Rucker 268 1907 1916 134 134 2.42 BRO
4 Bill Dinneen 254 1901 1909 127 127 2.78 BSN-BOS-TOT-SLB
5 Dennis Lamp 192 1977 1992 96 96 3.93 CHC-CHW-TOR-OAK-BOS-PIT
6 Cal McLish 184 1944 1964 92 92 4.01 BRO-PIT-CHC-CLE-CIN-CHW-PHI
7 Frank Kitson 168 1901 1907 84 84 3.09 BRO-DET-WSH-TOT
8 Cy Morgan 156 1903 1913 78 78 2.51 SLB-TOT-BOS-PHA-CIN
9 Gavin Floyd 140 2004 2013 70 70 4.48 PHI-CHW
10 Carlos Silva 140 2002 2010 70 70 4.68 PHI-MIN-SEA-CHC
11 Roger McDowell 140 1985 1996 70 70 3.30 NYM-TOT-PHI-LAD-TEX-BAL
12 Mickey McDermott 138 1948 1961 69 69 3.91 BOS-WSH-NYY-KCA-DET-TOT
13 Red Barrett 138 1937 1949 69 69 3.53 CIN-BSN-TOT-STL
14 Elmer Knetzer 138 1909 1917 69 69 3.15 BRO-PBS-TOT-CIN
15 Matt Garza 134 2006 2013 67 67 3.84 MIN-TBR-CHC-TOT
16 Steve McCatty 126 1977 1985 63 63 3.99 OAK
17 Dave Smith 106 1980 1992 53 53 2.67 HOU-CHC
18 Joe Sparma 104 1964 1970 52 52 3.94 DET-MON
19 Ken Schrom 102 1980 1987 51 51 4.81 TOR-MIN-CLE
20 Saul Rogovin 96 1949 1957 48 48 4.06 DET-CHW-TOT-PHI
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Garza and Gavin each had one .500 season

The Great Garza went 10-10 for the 2011 Cubs.

Gavin Floyd went 11-11 for the 2009 White Sox.

In 2013 there 15 pitchers who had .500 records

With at least 10 decisions

Player Dec Tm W L ERA
Scott Feldman 24 TOT 12 12 3.86
Andy Pettitte 22 NYY 11 11 3.74
Wade Miley 20 ARI 10 10 3.55
Zach McAllister 18 CLE 9 9 3.75
Juan Nicasio 18 COL 9 9 5.14
Sam Deduno 16 MIN 8 8 3.83
Jonathon Niese 16 NYM 8 8 3.71
Wei-Yin Chen 14 BAL 7 7 4.07
John Axford 14 TOT 7 7 4.02
Sean Doolittle 10 OAK 5 5 3.13
Josh Collmenter 10 ARI 5 5 3.13
Bobby Parnell 10 NYM 5 5 2.16
Steve Delabar 10 TOR 5 5 3.22
Jim Henderson 10 MIL 5 5 2.70
J.J. Hoover 10 CIN 5 5 2.86
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Seven pitchers had four .500 seasons in their careers

With at least 10 decisions

From To
Orel Hershiser 1986 1994
Gene Garber 1973 1986
Ray Sadecki 1960 1974
Dick Hall 1955 1971
Hal Newhouser 1940 1952
Denny Galehouse 1940 1948
Bucky Walters 1935 1947
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