Happy Reds birthday, Gerry Arrigo!
June 12, 1941
I started to type, “The majority of Gerry Arrigo’s Reds career was spent in the bullpen.” A cursory glance at his yearly stats seems to support that statement, but when you look at the career line, you see that it’s barely a majority. Arrigo started 57 games out 118 career appearances. Even when looking at his full career, Arrigo only appeared in relief 34 more times than he started. The majority of his starts came as a member of the Reds, certainly, and his most effective season in the majors was the first one in which he was primarily a starter. In 1968, Arrigo posted a 12-10 record with a 3.33 ERA, along with 140 strikeouts. That translated to 1.6 WAR, which was only bettered by Gary Nolan (3.1) and George Culver (1.7) on the starting staff.
That said, I still have trouble understanding WAR. Jim Maloney’s traditional stats (16-10, 3.61, 181 Ks) should translate into a higher WAR, shouldn’t it? But he’s -0.0. I just don’t get it.