Originally Posted by

**mwiggins**
He often led the league in wild pitches, so it makes sense that he would probably change his approach somewhat with a runner on 3B. Maybe he didn't use his curve nearly as often in those situations? That could have also affected him with any runners on situation. With bases empty he could go all out without worrying about losing control of a fastball or breaking a curve off in the dirt.

His worse situational splits were with a runner on 3B only (.712 OPS), and then with a runner on first only (.673). His overall OPS against was .606, btw.

His overall BA against with runners on was .221, 30pts higher than with bases empty. With runners in scoring position, it was .209. Comparing that to some of the other top pitchers of his era(s).

Ryan - .191 bases empty, .221 runners on, .209 RISP

Seaver - .222 bases empty, .232 runners on, .214 RISP

Carlton - .239 bases empty, .243 runners on, .238 RISP

Palmer - .231 bases empty, .228 runners on, .213 RISP

Jenkins - .239 bases empty, .250 runners on, .233 RISP

Clemens - .228 bases empty, .230 runners on, .211 RISP

Hunter - .231 bases empty, .232 runners on, .226 RISP

Gibson - .225 bases empty, .234 runners on, .219 RISP

Sutton - .229 bases empty, .249 runners on, .232 RISP

Perry - .239 bases empty, .255 runners on, .249 RISP

Blyleven - .243 bases empty, .255 runners on, .246 RISP

Tiant - .232 bases empty, .243 runners on, .238 RISP

Marichal - .231 bases empty, .248 runners on, .233 RISP

Koufax - .202 bases empty, .210 runners on, .205 RISP

Neikro - .246 bases empty, .249 runners on, .234 RISP

Other than Perry, who also threw a lot of wild pitches and would probably have had to be more careful with his spitters with runners in RIPS, none of them but Ryan were significantly more hittable in RISP situations.

Palmer's almost than anti-Ryan. Not nearly as dominant as Ryan, but he excelled at stranding runners, which made him a much more effective pitcher.

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