More Shields Comps

Ed Zurga

As I got tired of trying to add this in the comments.

Too old or too disinterested or just plain not savvy enough to get this information into the comment string, here is a quick look at some pitchers who threw roughly the same amount of innings between ages 24 and 31 (since 1980) and what they did from age 32 on.

Player Age 24-31 IP Age 180 IP Seasons Total IP ERA+
Doug Drabek 1765 32+ 1 638 76
Tom Glavine 1764.2 32+ 10 2217 118
Mark Buehrle 1759.2 32+ 3 611 109
Dan Haren 1758 32+ 0 170 81
Tim Hudson 1739 32+ 2 938 119
Javier Vazquez 1726 32+ 1 350 92
John Smoltz 1724.2 32+ 4 1235 133
Scott Erickson 1696.2 32+ 0 347 69
Pat Hentgen 1692.1 32+ 0 325 92
Barry Zito 1692 32+ 2 571 77
James Shields 1683.1 32+
Mike Mussina 1681 32+ 6 1553 114
Ron Darling 1677.1 32+ 0 442 82
Brad Radke 1675 32+ 1 363 107
Jim Clancy 1674.1 32+ 1 509 76
Johan Santana 1670.2 32+ 0 117 79
David Cone 1670 32+ 4 1206 117
Tom Browning 1669.1 32+ 0 252 81
Roy Oswalt 1661.2 32+ 1 442 104
Bob Welch 1659 32+ 3 1026 96
Kevin Brown 1655.2 32+ 4 1572 137

Drabek is actually number ten on most innings pitched between ages 24 and 31 (again, since 1980).  Above him are Frank Viola, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Dave Stieb, Mark Langston, Mike Moore, Livan Hernandez, C.C. Sabathia and Jack Morris.

Working down from Kevin Brown, you find the likes of: Andy Benes, Bruce Hurst, Mike Hampton, Jimmy Key and our old friend Jeff Suppan, not to mention Pedro Martinez and Andy Pettitte.

Take it for what it's worth, but just another sampling of data as you contemplate spending your millions.

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