Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/16/12
It’s easy to look at Jeremy Hefner’s 5.09 ERA and 4-7 record and conclude that it was not a very good year and that the Mets might look to upgrade his spot for 2013.  But Hefner did a fine job in his role and not only should he be back next year, there are legitimate reasons to think he was undervalued by most fans and analysts out there. One of the difficulties in evaluating pitchers is coming to an agreement on terms and definitions.  Coming into the 2012 season, most people would have considered Tim Lincecum an ace.  Yet Lincecum turned in a season with 15 losses and a 5.18 ERA.  So, the first thing we are going to do is throw out preconceived notions.  No one is an ace or SP1 on reputation alone.  Instead we are going to look at actual results and rank pitchers based on where they fell among their peers. This study is limited to National League pitchers and will consider only what they did as starters.  There were 95 pitchers who threw at least 50 innings as a starter last yea...
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