Found June 24, 2013 on The Fantasy Fix:
Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America In my ever increasing attempts to rid the fantasy baseball landscape of broad paint brush stroke analysis on batting average on balls in play, I bring you “The BABIP Monologues.” Justin Verlander and the Myth of Bad Luck Justin Verlander has been quite awful this season in terms of ERA and walk rate. Justin sports a 3.90 ERA, accompanied by a .329 xFIP and 2.86 FIP; the Fielder Independent Pitching metric coming in at 2.86 is Justin’s lowest since his peak season of 2009. Let’s compare these two seasons on a broader scale. Year K/9 BB/9 K% BB% FIP xFIP ERA BABIP 2009 10.09++ 2.36 27.4%+ 6.4% 2.80+ 3.20 3.45 .319** 2013 10.37+ 3.13** 27.0%++ 8.1%** 2.82++ 3.13++ 3.72** .344*   *Highest of career or best of career (BB/9, BABIP) ** Second highest of career (BB/9, BB%, BABIP, ERA +Best of career (K/9, K%, FIP) ++ Second best of career (K/9, K%, FIP, xFIP) The easy way out here would be to say “Verlander’s skills remain near his...
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