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February 13, 2006

1926 Player Retrospective – Flint Rhem

by @ 6:31 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals

Flint Rhem made his debut late in 1924 and was pretty mediocre (ERA+ of 85 and a WHIP of 1.485) after getting called up.  In 1925, Rhem got a spot in the rotation and was equally mediocre (ERA+ of 88 and a WHIP of 1.541).

In 1926, Rhem broke out and became the ace of the World Series Champs.  He logged 258 innings, more then the previous two season combined.  He led the team with 20 wins and also led the 1926 Cards in strikeouts with 72.  He finished 20 of his 34 starts and he got his WHIP down to a more respectable 1.225.  It also didn’t hurt that the Cardinals had the best offense in 1926.  Rhem’s 20 wins led the National League and he finished eight in WHIP.  HIs 20 complete games put him fourth in the league and he finished sixth in innings pitched.  He also finished eighth in the MVP voting, with three of his teammates ahead of him.  His post season was pretty bad (4 innings, 3 earned runs, no decision) but he definitely came through for the Cards on a regular basis during the season.

1926 was a career year for Rhem.  He’d never log more then 218.7 innings after 1926 and he’d never win more then 15 games.  His career ERA+ was a pretty mediocre 97 and his career WHIP wasn’t much to write home about either (1.441).

Here’s a look at Rhem’s numbers in 1926:

Wins 20
Losses 7
Games 34
Games Started 34
Complete Games 20
Innings Pitched 258
Hits 241
Runs 92
Earned Runs 75
Walks 75
Strikeouts 72
ERA 3.21
Runs Saved Above Average 21
Shutouts 1
H/9 8.41
BR/9 11.06
SO/9 2.51
BB/9 2.62
SO/BB 0.96
Neutral Wins 16
Neutral Losses 11

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