From Hockeydad55:Baltimore: Too bad it's strict WAR, because I believe Cuellar should definitely make the team over Blaeholder (and they are so close!). What about Jack Tobin ... how close was he?
I'll take your opinion on Cuellar as a vote for the #1 option then? Yeah, I definitely could see going with Cuellar as well. I'm surprised that he was actually tied with Boddicker in WAR. Cuellar had 8 years on the team, and an *ERA+ of 110 in 2028.1 Innings pitched. Boddicker had 8.5 years on the teams and had an *ERA+ of 109 over just 1273.2 Innings pitched. Those two stats alone would seem to heavily favor Cuellar. Also, while it doesn't figure into WAR, Cuellar had four 20-Win seasons to Boddicker's one. So... yeah, I could see dropping OLSON to add Cuellar.As for dropping BLAEHOLDER... Won't happen. It IS a bit of a head-scratcher though, because Blaeholder pitched 9.5 years on the Browns, with an *ERA+ of just 102 over 1631 innings. I'm surprised that an *ERA+ of just 102 would rack up WAR that quickly. (And in fewer Innings than Cuellar!) And while the lousy TEAM had a lot to do with it, Blaeholder also had a losing record overall. I like WAR, but I might have to look into this one more closely. This one does seem a bit... odd.Tobin was in the ballpark, but not really CLOSE. The Outfield, in general, tends to be pretty tough to crack. He had a WAR of 13.3 with the Browns and the lowest rated OF'er was Buford with 19.0. BUT bewteen Tobin and Buford were thriteen players, including: B.J. Surhoff (16.7), Merv Rettenmund (16.4) and Gary Roenicke (15.6). There may have been another Outfielder or two, but those were the three I immediately recognized as such.
Your WAR includes post 1993 years when Gregg was not playing for Baltimore. His WAR with Balt. was 11.6.
I am referring to Gregg Olson. Sorry for not stating that.