Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 3/27/12
Jeremy Hellickson Major league baseball players must despise advanced statistical analysis. Take a guy like Jeremy Hellickson for instance. He makes his debut for the Rays in 2011 and throws 189 innings with 117 strike outs, 13 wins and a 2.95 ERA, good for 16th in the league and AL Rookie of the Year. Break out the champagne glasses and condoms right? It’s time to celebrate.   Not so fast. Hellickson can't fully enjoy his rookie season success, because some Bill James crony, Professor Frink type, had to mess around in his lab (Mom's basement) and create xFIP and BABIP. All of a sudden it's 4.72 xFIP this and unsustainable .223 BABIP that. C'mon, really? Can I live? I, being Jeremy Hellickson. xFIP calculates expected future performance for a pitcher and is a real Debbie Downer for poor Jeremy. All of a sudden the shine is off the apple and everyone is talking about Matt Moore instead. Even a rational person would be excused for wiping themselves with pages from the “Bill James Ab...
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