First off, I want to thank everyone who commented, both positively and negatively on yesterday’s article. I really appreciate your insights.
Moving on, I know that such a system is not perfect, since it has many limitations: A 5 inning, 5 walk, 4 hit, somehow-no-runs, 100 pitches performance looks the same as a perfect game. Conversely, a one inning disaster, think Johan vs. the Phillies, can sway performance wildly. Basically, all segments of 100 pitches are not created equally.
Still, I want to take a look at it over a whole season, because I’m curious as to whom it will overrate, underrate, and get right. I’ll compare the Runs per 100 Pitches number to the pitcher’s ERA/FIP/tRA and see if it comes close to any of those, though I doubt it will come close to the latter two. After all, I’m not accounting for hit type or weighing anything differently. Let’s see what happens when I apply this pseudo-stat to the 2009 Yankee starters. I have a feeling it’s definitely going to overrate the pitchers.
Joba Chamberlain (not including relief outing):
Alright, what’ve we got? Well, we’ve got something really, really stupid. My first attempt at stat making? Epic Fail.
I thought this would be something worth trying, considering the importance of the 100 pitch mark in today’s game and lack of nine inning performances by starters, but it was not to be. Live and learn, right? I think I’ll leave the stat-making up to the big guys from now on.