I’m not the stattest of geeks, but one of the sayings I hate most (when people talk about a pitcher) is “he just Knows How To Win” and because Brad Lidge got the W last night and Roger didn’t, then Brad is the Winner?
Roger faced 27 batters, gave up 3 hits and 4 walks and only ONE of those batters scored – a 340′ el-cheapo HR by Alex Rios in the 5th.
Brad Lidge – today, he’s just drab instead of BRAAAAADDDDDD faced 7 batters and 2 scored – his first pitch went for a double, the second for a run scoring single, the 4th for a sac bunt to move the runner, the 9th for another run scoring single. 2 runs on 9 pitches.
But Brad is the winner and Roger the also ran.
Roger has exactly 4 wins in 13 starts. We almost freaking NEVER score any runs for the poor guy. In 5 starts, he gave up ZERO runs and has ONE win to show for it. In 3 starts, he gave up 1 run and has 2 wins. IN 3 starts, 2 runs, no wins and 2 losses.
I hear things like pitcher X outpitched pitcher Y when pitcher X gave up a LOT more hits and walks than Y, but his HITTERS managed to hit with RISP. WHA??????????? How is that out-pitching? Seems to me it’s more like outhitting.
I’ve heard modern day major league pitchers say that they think their most important stat is the number of wins. But no matter HOW well you pitch, you can’t win if your team don’t score. These days, pitchers almost never finish games (for whatever reason) . I think that the W should be a team stat, not a pitcher stat .
I would like to come up with some kind of stat that the average fan can understand and calculate him/herself – which lets out all those secret formulas that their inventors won’t tell you how they got them – WARP 3 or VORP 2 or something. I’m not sure what and I don’t know how, but what I’m sure of is that at the end of the year, if Roger starts 33 games, pitches 225 innings, has a 1.64 ERA and only 8 or 9 WINS to show for it, the Cy is gonna go to someone who “helped his team win” and has a lot more W to show for it and all I can say is that there’s something wrong here…