Friday, February 6, 2009
#23T Larry McWilliams
Holy frickin' mustache! Especially on the back!
In 1983, McWilliams threw 4 shutouts but won only 15 games overall. Turns out, that used to be pretty common. From 1956 to 1992, it happened 185 times, an average of 5 times per season. After 1992, though, it's happened only 3 times in 16 seasons.
McWilliams had a remarkably up-and-down career, only once posting an ERA+ within 10 points of average (i.e. between 90 and 110.) He was either great or terrible, and I suspect that injuries had a lot to do with that. When healthy, he posted some great seasons.