Found September 05, 2013 on Indians Baseball Insider:
Next up in the three year review series are the starting pitchers. I wanted to handle this group on the whole and will use some advanced stats to try and show how things have changed for the Indians. At the start of the year this was a weak link position for the Indians. I was like many who expected this team to fail because the pitching would be atrocious, and I thought this while expecting a solid season from Brett Myers. For this piece I am going to change the stats up I look at a bit. I am keeping WAR and the same rules still apply to it, but I am adding in two new stats for evaluation: walk rate (or BB%) and xFIP. The first new stat is walk rate (BB%). It is rather straight forward and measures the percentage of faced batters the pitcher walks. The reason I choose it is simply a walk is bad; it means the pitcher not only let a hitter on but he had to throw a lot of pitches to do it. A one pitch single is a better outcome in most cases than a five pitch walk. The other stat is o...
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