Uhh, getting off his cycle long enough…Steve Kornacki introduces his Pitching Quotient stat.
But let’s look at the case for Verlander:
He was 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA and a league-leading 239 strikeouts. Verlander, at 7.5, also had the runaway best Wins Above Replacement rating of any pitcher in the league. Rounding out the top five are Price (6.4); Matt Harrison, Rangers (6.2); Chris Sale, White Sox (5.7); and Felix Hernandez, Mariners (4.6). Ratings of 8.0 or above are MVP quality and 5.0-plus is All-Star worthy.
This statistic is all the rage with sabermetricians, who have concocted it by pouring oodles of numbers into a formula that takes every player quality under the sun into consideration and spits out a rating that few understand. Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s MVP candidacy is being touted largely because of his major league-leading 10.7 WAR rating.
Hey, if it’s being used by some to deny Tigers Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera the MVP, why not use it to win the Cy Young for Verlander? Turnabout, after all, is fair play.
I have my own formula, just devised, to make an even better case for Verlander: Pitching Quotient. It gives equal weight to wins, earned-run average, strikeouts, WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and WAR. I’m proposing this rating system because most can’t agree on which pitching statistic is most important.
...Based on the statistical split decision, the Cy Young race should be a tossup. That’s where the Pitching Quotient comes into play as an evaluation tool.
Here’s how it works: Award 5 points to the league leader in each of these categories—wins, earned-run average, strikeouts, WHIP and WAR—and scale down from there: 4 points for second, 3 points for third, 2 points for fourth and 1 point for fifth. Then total the points for each pitcher and divide it by five, for the number of categories, to get their average point total. A pitcher finishing first in each statistic would rate a 5.0.
Verlander, with 3.9 points on the Pitcher Quotient, is the easy winner. Price is second at 3.1 and Weaver third at 2.5.