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Friday, September 16, 2016

20 wins does tell us something about a starter. | Sports on Earth

I’m sure you want Brian Kenny’s reaction.

So the win, and the 20-win season in particular, continues to hold sway in the Cy Young Award voting despite a brief glimmer of progress a half decade ago. Indeed, while Porcello is having a fine season, as his 20 wins do indicate, he has not been the AL’s best pitcher to this point in the season. Consider this comparison between Porcello and Corey Kluber, who is 16-9:

Pitcher W-L IP ERA+ WHIP K/BB FIP DRA bWAR
Kluber 16-9 197 2/3 157 1.04 4.08 3.14 2.77 6.3
Porcello 20-3 193 2/3 142 1.02 5.55 3.46 3.36 4.4

(DRA is deserved run average, a Baseball Prospectus statistic that attempts to correct a pitcher’s runs allowed per nine innings for all outside influences, from ballparks and opposing lineups to his catcher’s pitch framing, the umpires calling his games and even the weather.)

The key difference between those two when it comes to wins is that Porcello has received more run support than any other qualified starter in the Majors this year by nearly half a run per game. The league’s best offense has averaged 6.97 runs per game over his 29 starts this season. Cleveland, meanwhile, has scored 4.93 runs per game for Kluber, still a big number, but more than two full runs shy of what Porcello has gotten from the Red Sox’s lineup.

That’s a good reminder that wins tell us as much or more about run and bullpen support as they do about a starting pitcher’s actual performance and are thus useless in comparative analysis. Any voter using wins as a measure to fill out an All-Star, Cy Young Award or Hall of Fame ballot is committing malpractice. Still, it’s inaccurate to say that a 20-win season tells us nothing about a pitcher’s performance. Now more than ever, 20 wins are an indicator of an above-average starting pitcher. To be any more specific than that, however, one must look beyond the wins column.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, rick porcello, sabermetrics

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Corey Kluber staking his claim for second Cy Young award

Dating back to June 21, Kluber has gone 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 69 strikeouts over 69 1/3 innings. Despite a slow start, that’s moved him into the top ten in several pitching categories. Most notably, he’s first in the AL in FIP (3.02). He also led in that category in 2014. He’s also second in WHIP (1.02), and still climbing in strikeouts and WAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Real or Mirage: Corey Kluber’s poor start for the Indians this season - CBSSports.com

Jonah Keri thinks Kluber will get better results soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

 

 

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