This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Last week, Lord Zola tweeted his sage advice on how most player production has peaks and valleys within a season:
You know, after five months of seeing tweets of MLB player stats with arbitrary endpoints, I'm beginning to think the season consists of a series of peaks and valleys...— Todd Zola (@ToddZola) August 28, 2018
He is absolutely correct in that we can likely find great numbers for any player, even Chris Davis this season if we dig deep enough. Yet over the course of a season, the numbers typically play out. Buchholz seems to take that to an extreme from season to season over the last few seasons:
2012: 189 innings, 11 wins, 4.56 ERA (4.65 FIP)
2013: 108 innings, 12 wins, 1.74 ERA (2.78 FIP)
2014: 170 innings, 8 wins, 5.34 ERA (4.01 FIP)
2015: 113 innings, 7 wins, 3.26 ERA (2.68