Greg Maddux faced 20,421 batters in his career. Just 310 of them saw a 3-0 count. That’s roughly one every three starts. #insane [Link]
Actually, that includes IBB’s. If we only look at unintentional 3-0 counts, it’s 133 in 20,284 total batters. One every ~150 hitters. #nutso [Link]
|TBF||3-0 Counts||IBB||Natural 3-0 Counts||PA/UIBB|
Maddux’s control was far and away better than anyone in the Phillies’ rotation.
In fact, if you prorated the Phillies’ hurlers’ natural 3-0 count rates over 20,421 PA — Maddux’s career total — the results are quite interesting.
Over 20,421 plate appearances, Halladay would have 25 percent more natural 3-0 counts than Maddux. Oswalt would have 44 percent; Hamels 57 percent; Lee 64 percent; and Blanton 81 percent.
The Phillies have acquired pitchers with great control, but Maddux was on another level. This, however, is just one small illustration of Maddux’s greatness. His Baseball Reference page, along with that of Pedro Martinez, is as close to Sabermetric pornography as you’re going to get.