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Semi OT: Nolan Ryan's wildness

Okay, this isn't minor leagues at all, but I was just looking at / compiling some stats on my all time favorite pitcher - Nolan Ryan - that I find amazing. Ryan is often criticized as not necessarily being such a great pitcher because of his insane walk totals. Yes, he is the all-time leader in walks. Yes, he did lead the majors in walks in 8 different seasons. But did you realize that he never - not once - led the majors in walks per nine innings for a season? Part of the reason he gave up so many walks is that he threw so many freakin' innings. But, here's the part that I was enjoying compiling. In his career, there were 29 games where he gave up at least eight walks in a game. BUT ... of those 29 games, he got quality starts in 20 of them! He only gave up more than three runs five times - and even then, it was 4 runs three times, 5 runs once, and six runs once. Four times he didn't give up any runs. All told in those 29 games, he pitched 234.1 innings, giving up 64 earned runs for a 2.46 era! In 1974 alone, he gave up 8 walks in a game eight times, and in those games, his era was 2.12 and his record was 5-2! And his one no-decision was a game where he pitched 13 innings, giving up 3 runs.

Is this what they mean by "effectively wild"?

(By the way, of those 29 games, almost all were in his time with the Angels. 4 were with the Mets, and 2 [in 1982 and 1985] were with the Astros.)

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