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Portrait of Joe Niekro

Joe Niekro PAstros

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
22 702 3584.3 221 204 16 3.59 42
Birth Date11-7-1944
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age74 years, 11 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1967 CHN MLB 36 22 169.7 10 7 0 171 32 77 15 107 9.1 1.7 0.8 4.1 0% .269 1.20 3.50 3.34 113 4.77 126.8 -1.0
1968 CHN MLB 34 29 177.3 14 10 2 204 59 65 18 102 10.4 3.0 0.9 3.3 0% .298 1.48 4.18 4.31 133 6.36 186.1 -6.1
1969 CHN 0 4 3 19.3 0 1 0 24 6 7 3 110 11.2 2.8 1.4 3.3 0% .300 1.55 4.88 3.72 111 8.20 200.5 -0.8
1969 SDN 0 37 31 202.0 8 17 0 213 45 55 15 97 9.5 2.0 0.7 2.5 0% .272 1.28 3.75 3.70 106 5.23 127.9 -1.4
1970 DET MLB 38 34 213.0 12 13 0 221 72 101 28 100 9.3 3.0 1.2 4.3 0% .272 1.38 4.24 4.06 124 5.35 122.7 -0.8
1971 DET MLB 31 15 122.3 6 7 1 136 49 43 13 103 10.0 3.6 1.0 3.2 0% .284 1.51 4.28 4.49 120 5.53 141.8 -1.8
1972 DET MLB 18 7 47.0 3 2 1 62 8 24 3 102 11.9 1.5 0.6 4.6 0% .362 1.49 2.64 3.83 102 3.47 94.0 0.4
1973 ATL MLB 20 0 24.0 2 4 3 23 11 12 2 107 8.6 4.1 0.8 4.5 0% .284 1.42 4.00 4.13 124 5.36 126.8 -0.2
1974 ATL MLB 27 2 43.0 3 2 0 36 18 31 5 101 7.5 3.8 1.0 6.5 0% .254 1.26 4.04 3.56 98 3.41 82.5 0.6
1975 HOU MLB 40 4 88.0 6 4 4 79 39 54 3 95 8.1 4.0 0.3 5.5 0% .271 1.34 3.22 3.07 95 3.68 87.0 1.1
1976 HOU MLB 36 13 118.0 4 8 0 107 56 77 8 96 8.2 4.3 0.6 5.9 0% .265 1.38 3.67 3.36 104 3.43 85.9 1.5
1977 HOU MLB 44 14 180.7 13 8 5 155 64 101 14 90 7.7 3.2 0.7 5.0 0% .253 1.21 3.70 3.04 92 3.36 74.9 3.5
1978 HOU MLB 35 29 202.7 14 14 0 190 73 97 13 92 8.4 3.2 0.6 4.3 0% .265 1.30 3.71 3.86 101 3.38 81.5 3.3
1979 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 21 11 0 221 107 119 17 92 7.5 3.7 0.6 4.1 0% .241 1.24 3.92 3.00 103 3.30 73.4 5.7
1980 HOU MLB 37 36 256.0 20 12 0 268 79 127 12 95 9.4 2.8 0.4 4.5 0% .293 1.36 3.33 3.55 89 3.23 75.2 5.3
1981 HOU MLB 24 24 166.0 9 9 0 150 47 77 8 95 8.1 2.5 0.4 4.2 0% .261 1.19 3.22 2.82 91 2.64 66.2 4.2
1982 HOU MLB 35 35 270.0 17 12 0 224 64 130 12 94 7.5 2.1 0.4 4.3 0% .248 1.07 3.12 2.47 87 2.80 65.0 7.2
1983 HOU MLB 38 38 263.7 15 14 0 238 101 152 15 94 8.1 3.4 0.5 5.2 0% .265 1.29 3.43 3.48 92 2.58 59.4 7.9
1984 HOU MLB 38 38 248.3 16 12 0 223 89 127 16 89 8.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 0% .262 1.26 3.73 3.04 96 3.16 74.0 5.7
1985 HOU 0 32 32 213.0 9 12 0 197 99 117 21 90 8.3 4.2 0.9 4.9 0% .258 1.39 4.26 3.72 110 3.15 72.4 5.2
1985 NYA 0 3 3 12.3 2 1 0 14 8 4 3 95 10.2 5.8 2.2 2.9 0% .256 1.78 7.19 5.84 130 1.66 38.1 0.5
1986 NYA MLB 25 25 125.7 9 10 0 139 63 59 15 101 10.0 4.5 1.1 4.2 0% .286 1.61 4.92 4.87 127 5.43 122.7 -0.1
1987 MIN 0 19 18 96.3 4 9 0 115 45 54 11 103 10.7 4.2 1.0 5.0 0% .317 1.66 4.81 6.26 119 4.90 102.9 0.9
1987 NYA 0 8 8 50.7 3 4 0 40 19 30 4 98 7.1 3.4 0.7 5.3 0% .234 1.16 4.06 3.55 111 3.37 70.8 1.3
1988 MIN MLB 5 2 11.7 1 1 0 16 9 7 2 108 12.3 6.9 1.5 5.4 0% .341 2.14 6.16 10.03 120 6.58 158.6 -0.2
1969 TOT MLB 41 34 221.3 8 18 0 237 51 62 18 98 9.6 2.1 0.7 2.5 0% .000 1.30 3.84 3.70 107 5.49 134.2 -2.2
1985 TOT MLB 35 35 225.3 11 13 0 211 107 121 24 91 8.4 4.3 1.0 4.8 0% .000 1.41 4.42 3.83 111 3.07 70.5 5.8
1987 TOT MLB 27 26 147.0 7 13 0 155 64 84 15 101 9.5 3.9 0.9 5.1 0% .000 1.49 4.55 5.33 116 4.37 91.8 2.3
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1967 CHN MLB NL 36 22 169.7 10 7 0 171 32 77 15 107 9.1 1.7 0.8 4.1 0% .269 1.20 3.50 3.34 113 4.77 126.8
1968 CHN MLB NL 34 29 177.3 14 10 2 204 59 65 18 102 10.4 3.0 0.9 3.3 0% .298 1.48 4.18 4.31 133 6.36 186.1
1969 CHN MLB NL 4 3 19.3 0 1 0 24 6 7 3 110 11.2 2.8 1.4 3.3 0% .300 1.55 4.88 3.72 111 8.20 200.5
1969 SDN MLB NL 37 31 202.0 8 17 0 213 45 55 15 97 9.5 2.0 0.7 2.5 0% .272 1.28 3.75 3.70 106 5.23 127.9
1970 DET MLB AL 38 34 213.0 12 13 0 221 72 101 28 100 9.3 3.0 1.2 4.3 0% .272 1.38 4.24 4.06 124 5.35 122.7
1971 DET MLB AL 31 15 122.3 6 7 1 136 49 43 13 103 10.0 3.6 1.0 3.2 0% .284 1.51 4.28 4.49 120 5.53 141.8
1972 DET MLB AL 18 7 47.0 3 2 1 62 8 24 3 102 11.9 1.5 0.6 4.6 0% .362 1.49 2.64 3.83 102 3.47 94.0
1973 ATL MLB NL 20 0 24.0 2 4 3 23 11 12 2 107 8.6 4.1 0.8 4.5 0% .284 1.42 4.00 4.13 124 5.36 126.8
1974 ATL MLB NL 27 2 43.0 3 2 0 36 18 31 5 101 7.5 3.8 1.0 6.5 0% .254 1.26 4.04 3.56 98 3.41 82.5
1975 HOU MLB NL 40 4 88.0 6 4 4 79 39 54 3 95 8.1 4.0 0.3 5.5 0% .271 1.34 3.22 3.07 95 3.68 87.0
1976 HOU MLB NL 36 13 118.0 4 8 0 107 56 77 8 96 8.2 4.3 0.6 5.9 0% .265 1.38 3.67 3.36 104 3.43 85.9
1977 HOU MLB NL 44 14 180.7 13 8 5 155 64 101 14 90 7.7 3.2 0.7 5.0 0% .253 1.21 3.70 3.04 92 3.36 74.9
1978 HOU MLB NL 35 29 202.7 14 14 0 190 73 97 13 92 8.4 3.2 0.6 4.3 0% .265 1.30 3.71 3.86 101 3.38 81.5
1979 HOU MLB NL 38 38 263.7 21 11 0 221 107 119 17 92 7.5 3.7 0.6 4.1 0% .241 1.24 3.92 3.00 103 3.30 73.4
1980 HOU MLB NL 37 36 256.0 20 12 0 268 79 127 12 95 9.4 2.8 0.4 4.5 0% .293 1.36 3.33 3.55 89 3.23 75.2
1981 HOU MLB NL 24 24 166.0 9 9 0 150 47 77 8 95 8.1 2.5 0.4 4.2 0% .261 1.19 3.22 2.82 91 2.64 66.2
1982 HOU MLB NL 35 35 270.0 17 12 0 224 64 130 12 94 7.5 2.1 0.4 4.3 0% .248 1.07 3.12 2.47 87 2.80 65.0
1983 HOU MLB NL 38 38 263.7 15 14 0 238 101 152 15 94 8.1 3.4 0.5 5.2 0% .265 1.29 3.43 3.48 92 2.58 59.4
1984 HOU MLB NL 38 38 248.3 16 12 0 223 89 127 16 89 8.1 3.2 0.6 4.6 0% .262 1.26 3.73 3.04 96 3.16 74.0
1985 HOU MLB NL 32 32 213.0 9 12 0 197 99 117 21 90 8.3 4.2 0.9 4.9 0% .258 1.39 4.26 3.72 110 3.15 72.4
1985 NYA MLB AL 3 3 12.3 2 1 0 14 8 4 3 95 10.2 5.8 2.2 2.9 0% .256 1.78 7.19 5.84 130 1.66 38.1
1986 NYA MLB AL 25 25 125.7 9 10 0 139 63 59 15 101 10.0 4.5 1.1 4.2 0% .286 1.61 4.92 4.87 127 5.43 122.7
1987 MIN MLB AL 19 18 96.3 4 9 0 115 45 54 11 103 10.7 4.2 1.0 5.0 0% .317 1.66 4.81 6.26 119 4.90 102.9
1987 NYA MLB AL 8 8 50.7 3 4 0 40 19 30 4 98 7.1 3.4 0.7 5.3 0% .234 1.16 4.06 3.55 111 3.37 70.8
1988 MIN MLB AL 5 2 11.7 1 1 0 16 9 7 2 108 12.3 6.9 1.5 5.4 0% .341 2.14 6.16 10.03 120 6.58 158.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1986-06-29 1986-07-18 19 16 Right Face Contusion Index Finger - -
1972-07-10 1972-07-30 20 18 Left Trunk Strain Side - -

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2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)East Coast question from the midwest. Over the second half how far will R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana fall off from their first half performances?
(wauzer from Milwaukee)
Well, I don't think Santana will throw another no-hitter. And I doubt Dickey will throw another one-hitter.

Santana has posted a 5.67 ERA in seven starts since the no-no, and batters are hitting .291/.345/.544 against him over that period. He is better than that, but I think the real concern is workload. How many more innings can he pitch after sitting out all of 2011?

As for Dickey, sometimes knuckleballers have great years. Joe Niekro in 1982. Charlie Hough in 1985. Tim Wakefield in 1995 and 2002. Dickey seems to be having one of those years, as he did in 2010, but with a much higher (and more baffling) strikeout rate. How far will he fall? On the one hand, he has allowed five runs in three of his last four starts, so maybe it's already starting. On the other, he allowed eight in his third start of the year and then went 9-0 with a 1.21 ERA over his next 11. I don't know where his pitches are headed, I don't know where his season is headed. (Geoff Young)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What should the Red Sox do with Charlie Zink and Jeff Bailey? These guys are putting up obscene numbers down in the international league, but both are past the prospect stage. Even though I fully believe that Zink at least is legit, I can understand that there are other guys in the sox system that look to have brighter careers. Can the Sox get something for these guys, or are they likely to leave as free agents?
(Rob from Brighton)
Zink's interesting, but I suspect it'll have to involve getting dealt as part of a package to a team desperately in need of a starting pitching, even though it would make sense of the Sox to look at him as an mop-up innings sponge (not that they need one) since they've already invested a roster spot in a knuckler-capable backup backstop. Heck, trade him to either Texas team, because I have to think people haven't entirely forgotten Joe Niekro or Charlie Hough.

As for Bailey, he's just the latest guy charged with keeping PawSox fans engaged. (Christina Kahrl)


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