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Last weekend, the Brewers won two games thanks to several timely errors by the Cubs. In games started by Edwin Jackson and Scott Feldman, the Brewers took the lead on unearned runs both times. It seems like a shame for Jackson and Feldman to get tagged with losses in those cases (as much as the Cubs losing can be a “shame” anyway).
It got me thinking about different ways to categorize wins/losses in terms of earned runs…and once the hamster wheel started turning I thought up some other obscure pitching stats that it might be fun to keep track of. Of course, there are so many extra-specific statistics in baseball, these metrics might already be analyzed by some pundits already – but for simplicity’s sake I’m going to assume I’ve invented them.
Unearned Losses (or Position Player Losses)
Feldman gave up the lead in Sunday’s game on a three-unearned-run-homer by Ryan Braun. In my estimation, the loss would be recorded as Unearned for Feldman, or...