Win in Doubt: An Obsolete Statistic Overstays Its Welcome

Posted: 16th November 2009 by Lewie Pollis in MLB
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What is the best way to measure a pitcherÆs skill? Is it his strikeout rate, demonstrating the pitcherÆs ability to prevent batters from hitting the ball? Is it innings pitched, showing his durability? Is it WHIP, the talent to keep runners off the base paths? Is it his defense independent pitching stats, an estimate of how many runs he would give up with an ôaverageö-fielding team behind him? Should you use more advanced sabermetrics to determine how many additional games a team won because of the pitcherÆs contributions? Or is it simple ERA, his ability to stop runners from crossing the plate, without normalizing each pitcherÆs unique circumstances? Whatever the answer, one thing is clear: the mediaÆs favorite statistic, wins, is fatally flawed. It doesnÆt take a sabermetician t ...

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