Anonymous asked in SportsBaseball · 1 month ago

Which of Fernando Valenzuela’s two post-LA Dodgers seasons were better: 1993 Baltimore Orioles or 1996 San Diego Padres?

I know for a fact that Fernando Valenzuela’s best years were with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980-1990, but I’m asking if he had his best years away from the Dodgers from 1991-1997.

Valenzuela got hit hard in just two games with the California Angels in 1991, never played a regular season game for the Detroit Tigers in 1992, was limited to 8 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1994, almost became a relief pitcher for the Padres in 1995, and was at the end of the road in 1997 for the Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.

So that leaves 1993 and 1996 as his best post-Dodgers seasons. But which one is better?

With the 1993 Baltimore Orioles, Valenzuela was the No. 2 starting pitcher behind Ben McDonald, and was in the starting rotation with McDonald, Rick Sutcliffe, Mike Mussina, Jamie Moyer and Arthur Rhodes.

With the 1996 San Diego Padres, Valenzuela was the No. 3 starting pitcher behind Joey Hamilton and Bob Tewksbury, and was in the starting rotation along with Hamilton, Tewksbury and Andy Ashby, and made the 1996 playoffs on the same team as Rickey Henderson, Jody Reed, Tony Gwynn, Sr., Ken Caminiti and Trevor Hoffman.

End result: Valenzuela accumulated a 4.94 ERA in 31 of 32 games started for the Orioles in ‘93 with a W-L record of 8-10 and a Win percentage of 44.4, while he accumulated a 3.62 ERA in 31 of 33 games started for the Padres in ‘96 with a W-L record of 13-8 and a Win percentage of 61.9.

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  • 1 month ago
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    1996 was far better. 13-8 with an ERA of 3.62 vs 8-10 with an ERA of 4.94 in 1993.

    He definitely did NOT have his best years after leaving LA. He went 32-35 those six years, with an ERA approaching 5.00. In LA he went 141-116 with an ERA of 3.31.

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