Found September 10, 2012 on Obstructed View:
Following the 2010 season the Cubs decided to trade a bunch of players to acquire an overrated middle of the rotation pitcher in Matt Garza. Then he surprised many of us by having the best season of his career. His average WAR was 3.7 (5.0 fWAR, 2.5 rWAR, 3.7 WARP). His fWAR in 2011 was 1.9 higher than his previous best in 2009. His 2011 WARP was 1.5 higher than his best (also 2009). According to rWAR, both 2008 and 2009 were better than his 2011 season with the Cubs. He had a career best ERA, FIP and xFIP. His K% was the best and his BB% was the 2nd best in his career. Naturally, we heard all about how Matt Garza is a different pitcher. To a large extent he was. He threw his fastball considerably less often. He replaced it with sliders and changeups. Since Garza was having a career year, different was meant to mean that he's a better pitcher. From 2008 through 2010 Garza had a 3.85 ERA and 4.24 FIP. In his injury shortened 2012 season he posted an ERA of 3.91 and an FIP of 4.17...
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