Found June 15, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below. Jeff Locke hasn’t regressed, but instead has improved his game. **About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the usual responses of “what if Locke is the exception and outperforms his FIP all year?” Well, he isn’t the exception. Locke has been excellent ever since that article, but it’s not because he was the exception to the rule. It’s because he’s changed his game. The key factors that make up FIP are home runs, walks, intentional walks, hit by pitch, strikeouts, and innings pitched. Basically anything that is a direct battle between the batter and pitcher, with no influence from fielders. This explains why it is called Fielding Independent Pitching. When Locke had a 2.73 ERA and James Santelli wrote that he won’t keep dominating, his FIP was 4.47. A...
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