Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Over the last two seasons, Hellickson has finished first in baseball in ERA-FIP; his ERA was 1.50 points lower than his FIP in 2012 and 1.49 points lower in 2011. The second place finishers were Jered Weaver with 0.93 in 2012 and Ricky Romero with 1.28 in 2011. Clearly Hellickson is in a class of his own.The question has been asked over and over again — how does he outperform his FIP every single year? And he doesn’t just outperform his FIP, he basically questions the stats’ integrity and tosses it aside in a ditch to die. Excuse me as I delve into a little script-writing:Pro-Hellickson baseball fan: “Hey! You see that Hellickson guy? He’s one hell of a pitcher!”Anti-Hellickson baseball fan: “Ha! Enjoy it while it lasts, bro. Hellickson is due to regress towards his mediocre FIP rates one of these years.”PHBF: “You wish, we’ve seen Matt Cain do it for years, why do you have to pick on The Hell-raiser?”AHBF: “Is that what you guys are calling him now? He has posted below-average strike

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