Today’s post by Baseball Analysts examines the concept of pitchers being clutch. Of course, we’ve all talked about which hitters are clutch but I’ve never seen an analysis of which pitchers are clutch.
Surprisingly, Johan Santana and Billy Wagner are both on the list of the least clutch pitchers. I definitely haven’t noticed that about Wagner although he usually starts the ninth inning so there are no runners on for him to inherit. It’s easier to start an inning rather than come in with men on, or in scoring position.
Time will tell about Santana. I didn’t watch him everyday with Minnesota, so this season will be my first to see him pitch frequently