In case you haven’t been watching a lot of ESPN lately, and I don’t blame you if you haven’t, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer is 13-1, before the All Star Break, one of the best pre-break records in years.
Meanwhile in Queens, Matt Harvey is 7-2.
Harvey’s ERA is 2.35. Scherzer’s is 3.19.
Harvey’s FIP is 2.17. Scherzer’s is 2.68.
Their strikeout rates, walk rates, and opponent’s BABIP are all strikingly similar as well. Harvey’s superior GB% accounts for the difference in FIP and likely for the difference in ERA. Other than that, they are largely the same kind of pitcher and have seen similar results on the mound.
Yet someone who hasn’t seen either pitcher pitch yet this season may say that Scherzer has clearly been the better pitcher because he has won more games.
While it may seem laughable that someone could base their judgment on such archaic standards, it unfortunately does happen because the idea of a good pitcher gets a lot of wins is so deeply engrained in bas...