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Midweek Meltdown: WWE's 'Attitude' adjustment

Are we headed back to the "Attitude Era" now that WWE is stocking up on new talent with edgier storylines? Probably not. But that's okay, as there is plenty of room for both squeaky clean babyfaces and the heels (and smarks) who despise them.

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Is Perez Struggling Defensively?

Plate Apps, Catchers ERA: _2011_ Treanor 2347 4.64 BPena 2325 4.49 Perez 1461 4.23 MPina 147 2.75 _2012_ Quintero 1529 4.11 Pena 1316 4.30 Perez 664 5.68 While Catchers ERA isn't...

The FIP & the Pendulum: Jaime Garcia

The FIP & the Pendulum: Jaime Garcia

#1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 NL Starting Pitchers In 2011

Classifying NL starting pitchers as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 starters based on 2011 performance.

Embrace The Era Of Inspiration, Not Perspiration!

The headline says it all really. Michael Graham takes us on a journey from SAFC grafters to crafters, and why the current generation shouldn't be frowned upon for not making hard-hitting, mistimed...

RA versus ERA 1871-2010: Baseball Databank Data Dump 2.3.1

Earned Run Average distorts the contribution of pitchers in multiple ways, yet it is still widely used. Until everyone gets on board with a Runs Allowed scale, here are the easy conversions.

Ptichers with ERA+ over 200 and 15 or fewer wins

Guess what? There are three in the modern era, and none of them won the Cy Young (or an equivalent "best pitcher" award), including Pedro and Clemens. Cause for concern, or just a fluke? Greg Maddux won in 1994 with only 16 wins, but his ERA+ was 271 that year.

From Replacement Level Yankees Blog Not a whole lot to say, just some hitorical context for what...

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From Replacement Level Yankees Blog Not a whole lot to say, just some hitorical context for what Wang is in the middle of. [Standard statement of the many things besides just a pitcher's ability that go in to ERA.]

(Perhaps) the 20 Most Valuable Single Season Performances by Royals Starting Pitchers

I thought this was something a bit more positive that we could all enjoy. Yes, it is connected with my latest Driveline article on pitcher valuation, but I figure if I add a little extra sugar on top for my Royals Review Peeps (tm), it doesn't count as spam. Anyway, you can learn more about how I value pitchers by reading the article (there's a bit more sugar at the end for Royals fans in the section on tRA). While I haven't incorporated park factors into my database yet, since replacement level is derived from league average, and runs --> wins conversion is custom for each year in my database, it is pretty well adjusted to era. "fe2WAR" is just the dumb name I came up with for averaging FIP-RAR and ERA-WAR, which I then convert to wins. I like Zack, but as you can see, perhaps the Saberhagen comparisons are a bit premature... some pretty incredible seasons in there. Much more to discuss there, I imagine. Note that this is just starting pitchers -- I have a way to incorporate leverage, but it isn't straightforward in terms of mixing leveraged and un-leveraged value in my system, at least not yet. But if we did count it for relievers, I'm pretty sure that at least one or two of Quisenberry's awesome seasons would be in there. But I'll save that for another time. I'm also going to revisit this using BaseRuns-based pitching stats, but that will come later. Enjoy, disagree, discuss!

Thoughts on Pitcher Value

ERA, FIP, tRA, RAR -- sorting through some different pitching stats and how to use them to establish value above replacement level.

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