Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/20/13
What is to become of Shaun Marcum? The true question is how much of a leash do you give him?  He is likely around at this point as trade bait.  But can that be allowed to stand if he pitches poorly?  Firstly, we should ignore the win/loss record.  Anyone who listens to our corresponding show, “Around Citi Live” will know that wins are a circumstantial stat at best, and do not accurately depict a pitcher’s ability on the mound.  It is a traditional stat that should slowly be phased out.  A perfect example is Matt Harvey’s only loss this season, which came to the Cardinals earlier this month.  However, while he got the loss, he hardly gave a losing effort as he only allowed one run and struck out seven in seven innings of work.  Now, moving to more comprehensive and more contemporary metrics, one stat that we at Around Citi have come to be big fans of “FIP” or “fielding independent pitching.”  Essentially, this stat is measured on a similar scale to ERA, with anything better/lower than
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