Comparing stats of the ‘Big Three’

In light of reports that former A’s pitcher Mark Mulder is retiring, I thought it’d be fun to compare the stats of the Big Three (Mulder, Tim Hudson and Barry Zito) from their Oakland careers. These are solely the numbers they compiled with the A’s, not counting their time w/other teams.

Tell us which guy you would have chosen if you needed to win one game …

Career games started
Zito 222 (4th on Oakland list)
Hudson 183 (7th)
Mulder 150

Career wins
Zito 102 (4th on Oakland list)
Hudson 92 (6th)
Mulder 81 (7th)

Career strikeouts
Zito 1,096 (4th on Oakland list)
Hudson 899 (5th)
Mulder 668 (9th)

Career ERA
Hudson 3.30 (10th on Oakland list, min. 400 innings pitched)
Zito 3.55
Mulder 3.92

Career shutouts
Hudson 8
Mulder 8 (both tied for 8th on Oakland list)
Zito 4

Career won-loss pct.
Hudson 92-39, .702 (1st on Oakland list)
Mulder 81-42, .659 (2nd)
Zito 102-63, .618 (6th)

Career Cy Young Awards
Zito 1 (2002)
Hudson 0 (finished 2nd in 2000)
Mulder 0 (finished 2nd in 2001)

Joe Stiglich

  • tug

    win one game…Huddy. No doubt about it.

  • Bee Hylinski

    Huddy. No question.

    Longevity matters: Barry’s stats while on the A’s are for 7 years (2000-2006), Hudson’s are for 6 years (1999-2004) and Mulder’s are for 4 years (2000-2003), so you can’t compare many of these categories without taking this into account.

    For example, for Games Started, Zito looks like he started more games than the other two, which he did: 222 games. But he pitched in Oakland for 7 seasons, so his average starts/year is 31.7. Mulder, on the other hand, only started 150 games, but he only pitched 4 years in an A’s uniform so his average is 37.5 starts/year, considerably more than Zito. Huddy’s average is 30.5 starts/year, the lowest of the three. Many of the other stats are affected by longevity as well. Just a thought.

  • Steve Toomajian

    Hudson, absolutely. To me, he was a more recent version of Dave Stewart. To win one big game, I throw out the stats and focus on the intangibles.

  • Bill King

    Tim Hudson. Period.

  • scott no2

    Mulder says he’s “stepping back” not “retiring” according to the SF cronicle. lol. but he did say someone said he was retiring, which he corrected.

  • Joe Stiglich

    I figure it’s interesting to compare all three of these guys whether Mulder resumes his career or not. They’re forever linked in A’s history. The debate is timeless 🙂

  • Mike K

    Hudson !

  • So Joe poses the question “who would you choose if you needed to win one game?” I am shocked with the overwhelming answers of Tim Hudson. If we are talking about ONE game, lets look at what these three did in the postseason. The games that hold the most importance, and pressure in one game scenarios I think we can all agree is true. If you take all major pitching stats (W-L, ERA, WHIP, hits/9, k/9, BB/9) Hudson does not lead any of them between the three. Zito leads with 4-3 record, 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 6.9 hits/9. I think everybody is letting the SF years taint the vision of how dominating Zito was in the early 2000’s. The ANSWER IS ZITO!

  • Oh, and for those who think Mulder is a good argument in a one game scenario….lets all reflect back to when Mulder lost back to back game 5’s in 2001 vs Yankees, and 2002 vs Twins. ZITO wins again.

  • Ed L.

    One game – has to be Tim Hudson!

  • Joe

    Hudson without a doubt. Zito would be my second choice, then Mulder.

  • Joe

    Those stats in that one post are a bit off. One, Mulder was with the A’s for five seasons (2000-2004…both he and Hudson were traded in the same off-season). Two, both Hudson & Zito came up at mid-season, Mulder was at the beginning of the 2000 season…that skews your starts/season stat quite a bit.

    And about Zito’s postseason record, etc, etc. He was always pitching in Game 3’s when Hudson & Mulder were both around so in theory in was facing weaker opposition on the mound. Then of course he had a couple of forgettable outings against Boston & Detroit.