Kenny Powers: Win Values

I was watching the latest episode of Eastbound & Down, the HBO show about the fictional, ex-superstar pitcher Kenny Powers and I was trying to figure out how good a pitcher he actually was. Turns out he has his very own fake website complete with stats:

Season Team   G    IP  W   L  SV   SO  BB  ER    ERA  Value Wins
2001   GWT*  15  23.0  4   0  12   28   0   1   0.39    ----
2002   ATL   62  66.1  7   3  49  106  30  21   2.85    1.75
2003   NYA   64  62.2  7   3  39   79  20  33   4.74    1.13
2004   SFG   52  54.2  3  10  30   44  27  40   6.59   -0.46
2005   BOS   15  12.2  0   6   3    6   9  12   8.57   -0.31

Over the course of his relatively short career he was conservatively 2-some wins over replacement. His home run stats weren’t available so I just set them at 25% of his earned runs. That’s probably a bit high for his peak years, so maybe give him 3 wins if you want to be generous.

He barely made it to arbitration eligibility before he left baseball, so the dollar numbers aren’t too relevant.

In any event, the self proclaimed “greatest pitcher there ever was” didn’t even make it into the top 10 relief pitchers in his best season, but I’m still rooting for a comeback.



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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


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Doc
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7 years 3 months ago

“You’re f@#$%in’ out!”

Kenny Powers
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4 years 2 months ago

I’m F—ing in!!

archilochusColubris
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archilochusColubris
7 years 3 months ago

4 wins and 12 saves in 15 games? Now that’s efficient.

Eric
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Eric
7 years 3 months ago

Even if they did add up, he’d be the first player to record a win or save in every game of their season with atleast 7 games.

Here are the leaders, min 15 games:
Lefty Grove 1931 88%
Al Spalding 1875 88%
Trevor Hoffman 1998 86%
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1940 85%
Fred Goldsmith 1880 85%
K-Rod 2008 84%

Powers’ career rate of 74% is pretty impressive too.
Min 100 career games:
Al Spalding 76%
*Kenny Powers 74%*
Trevor Hoffman 66%
Bob Caruthers 65%
Mariano Rivera 65%
Larry Corcoran 65%
Chruisty Mathewson 63%

Sandy Kazmir
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Sandy Kazmir
7 years 3 months ago

Kenny Powers is a role model.

Jen
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Jen
7 years 13 days ago

Have you seen his show??????? Have you seen his interviews?? He is vulgar, degrades women and you call him a role model? I wouldn’t let my anywhere near this man just for the reasons above. Hope you are not a mother. You need to read up on this man before you make a statement like that.

Elliot
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Elliot
7 years 12 days ago

You just fell into the Sarchasm.

josh
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josh
7 years 3 months ago

thank you for introducing me to this show. i’m only 10 mins into the first ep and it’s hilarious.

Internet Dork
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Internet Dork
7 years 3 months ago

Does GWT* = Gwinnett? In ’01?

Teal and Black
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Teal and Black
7 years 3 months ago

Those stats aren’t complete.

Kenny starts the first episode in Atlanta. After, presumably, his bitch of an agent “gets [Kenny Powers] paid,” he winds up in New York (“Hebrew” York, for those who haven’t heard Kenny editorialize on the show).

After New York we see him in San Francisco. When asked about playing there, he compares the sexually diverse culture of the Bay Area unfavorably with the predominant minorities of Baltimore, as in, he had played in Baltimore and formulated an opinion there. So Baltimore is missing.

Then, we cut to Kenny (Powers) in Boston pulling a Kenny (Rogers), before we find up in Seattle where Kenny finished out his career.

Thus, we’re missing both Seattle and Baltimore.

pr
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pr
7 years 3 months ago

I don’t think he played in Baltimore, but he definitely would have seen it a lot while pitching in the AL East.

Teal and Black
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Teal and Black
7 years 3 months ago

Also, one has to wonder how he could tell the Braves that they were f’ing out when he wouldn’t have even been in arbitration.

Brandon
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5 years 9 months ago

Easy, because he’s Kenny Powers! #55! Woo!

Kenny Powers
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4 years 2 months ago

Some killer stats there KP!

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