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Friday, June 14, 2019

The most improved pitchers of 2019 

The All-Star Game is only a few weeks away, and baseball’s top starters have thrown nearly 100 innings apiece. It’s far enough into the season that we can take a look at which pitchers have taken a huge step forward from last year, and more important, try to figure out why. (We did this last year around this time, identifying Justin Verlander and Tyler Glasnow at the top of the list.)

Since we’re trying to get at underlying skills here, it’s not good enough to look at ERA, which can be negatively affected by one terrible start or poor defense or relievers. (Look no further than Max Scherzer for that; he’s held his strikeouts steady, lowered his walks and homers ... and has seen his ERA increase.)

Instead, we’ll look at the Statcast Expected wOBA metric. The short version is that it looks at quality of contact (exit velocity and launch angle) and amount of contact (strikeouts and walks) in an attempt to get to a defense-free measure of how a pitcher is performing, outputting a number on a scale similar to on-base percentage. For context, the 2019 Major League average is .322.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: June 14, 2019 at 01:24 PM (#5851991)
That Lucas Giolito (plus two prospects) trade for Adam Eaton may not be as one-sided as it seemed for the past couple of years. I hope he has really put it together and can continue his success.

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