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Friday, September 06, 2013
For any manager or baseball analyst to suggest that Scherzer is more deserving of the Cy Young, or any other accolades this season, because he has the “will to win” or any other silly notions about his win-loss record mattering more than the metrics that really dive into his actual performance is irresponsible when evaluating the game and said players. It’s also unfair to the players who aren’t quite as fortunate as Scherzer is to pitch for a really good team that scores a lot of runs for him.
Instead of using wins as any useful measure of talent, let’s instead begin using—with some regularity—metrics such as WPA (Win Probability Added). We could reference swinging strike rate when talking about strike out pitchers or pitchers with great ‘stuff’, and if you’re going to talk about someone being clutch or having a history of clutchiness please take a look at the clutch numbers on Fangraphs first.
Thanks to MikeA.
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