FanGraphs+ Player-Profile Game: Question #2

Play the player-profile game every day this week at 1:00pm ET. We’re giving away a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+ to the first reader who guesses correctly the identity of that day’s mystery player. (Limit one copy per customer).

As the absurdly coiffed Eno Sarris announced yesterday, the newest iteration of FanGraphs+ is now available in exchange for your hard-earned money — and any other kind of money, too.

As in recent years, we’re celebrating this important Moment in History by way of the player-profile game.

Said game is easy: the author offers the text of an actual player profile from the newest iteration of FG+, being careful to omit any proper names that might reveal the identity of the player in question. The reader, in turn, attempts to identify the player using only the details provided in the profile.

First reader to guess correctly (in the comments section below) gets a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+, worth roughly the equivalent of Alec Baldwin’s watch in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Today’s entry comes to us by way of wealthy importer-exporter Mike Podhorzer.

Who is it?

Though his underlying skills were nearly identical to his 2012 season, [BLANK] parlayed better luck into an ERA that sat more than a full run lower at 3.37. Despite having a batted ball distribution that suggests a higher than league-average batting average on balls in play, excellent defensive support and good fortune kept that mark below the average, which also helped him to strand runners at a career best rate. But this is still the same pitcher as he’s always been — one with mediocre stuff who fails to induce a whole lot of swings and misses and relies on strong control and a good ground-ball rate. He should once again earn value in NL-Only leagues in 2014, but mixed leaguers should not be fooled into believing he’ll be worth a roster spot.

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utmbrad
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utmbrad
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

tehzachatak
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tehzachatak
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake!

tehzachatak
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tehzachatak
2 years 3 months ago

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo that was like a 5 second gap.

semperty
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semperty
2 years 3 months ago

I feel ya

emlazar
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emlazar
2 years 3 months ago

Bronson Arroyo

NS
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NS
2 years 3 months ago

Bronson Arroyo, groundball machine.

semperty
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semperty
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

semperty
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semperty
2 years 3 months ago

Second day in a row I lose by mere seconds….screw you guys! :P

jrogers
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jrogers
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

jrogers
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jrogers
2 years 3 months ago

Awww, fourth. I think the exact ERA made it a little too easy to look up today.

NatsFan73
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NatsFan73
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

mitch001
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mitch001
2 years 3 months ago

AJ Burnett?

Matthew
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Member
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

CC
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CC
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

cherry_pi
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cherry_pi
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake!

David
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David
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

The Foils
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The Foils
2 years 3 months ago

Madison Bumgarner

SecondHandStore
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SecondHandStore
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

Matthew
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Member
2 years 3 months ago

Dear Carson,

Posting in an exact ERA on a site that allows you to sort by ERA isn’t a good idea.

Love,

GilaMonster

NJQ
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NJQ
2 years 3 months ago

Dillon Gee?

Jim
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Jim
2 years 3 months ago

Too easy to lookup when the only person with a 3.37 ERA on your leaderboard was Mike Leake

dragnalus
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dragnalus
2 years 3 months ago

I feel like you should blank out specific statistics and rates for future posts just to make this a bit more difficult and interesting…

Sean C
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2 years 3 months ago

I don’t know that posting the stats affects much. It seems like if you were to go look up the ERA leader board after reading that, you would have already lost.

ralph
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ralph
2 years 3 months ago

My Cleak!

Misha
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Misha
2 years 3 months ago

Eric Milton?

Compton
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Compton
2 years 3 months ago

Put up a cap with a typo in the stats! The handsome readership will undoubtedly be sent into a tailspin of confusion.

Josh
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Josh
2 years 3 months ago

Mike Leake

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