After a devastating weekend sweep at the hands of the crosstown rival Yankees, the Mets begin a three-games in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Tonight’s game one will feature a Milwaukee starter not far removed from Metsdom – Braden Looper (5-4, 5.16 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
Name: Braden Looper
Born: October 28th, 1974 in Weatherford, Oklahoma
Height: 6-3 Weight: 235 Bats: Right Throws: Right
High School: Mangum High School (Mangum, Oklahoma)
College: Wichita State
Drafted: Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 1st Round (3rd overall) of the 1996 draft.
Lifetime (63-62, 103 SV, 4.03 ERA, 1.35 WHIP)
Scouting report via mets.com:
“Looper pitched six solid innings in his last outing, against the Twins, but he took a no-decision in the Brewers’ 4-3 comeback win. In theÂ fifth inning, Looper was hit by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gomez, but he remained in the game for the next two innings. As of Thursday, Looper was diagnosed with a contusion in his right triceps, but he is not expected to miss any starts. Looper is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 47 appearances against the Mets in his career. He has just one start against New York, in 2007, when he gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings while with the Cardinals.”
According to fangraphs.com (2009), Looper uses 3 pitches:
Fastball – 50.6 % – 89.1 MPH
Split-fingered Fastball – 32.6% – 82.2 MPH
Slider – 16.7% – 84.4 MPH
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a playerâ€™s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a playerâ€™s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
***According to baseball-reference.com, Looper is most similar to Tom Hume.
*Salaries may not be complete and may not include some earned bonuses
|1998||St.Â LouisÂ Cardinals||$170,000|
|2004||NewÂ YorkÂ Mets||$2,000,000|
|2005||NewÂ YorkÂ Mets||$800,000|
|2006||St.Â LouisÂ Cardinals||$3,500,000|
|2007||St.Â LouisÂ Cardinals||$4,500,000|
|2008||St.Â LouisÂ Cardinals||$5,500,000|
|Career (may be incomplete)||$19,726,000|
Braden earned a bronze medal in the 2006 summer Olympics playing for the Men’s Baseball team.