From ESPN Page 2 Daily Quicke 11/11/03
Wonder if any "revisionist" AL Cy Young voters will apply a one-sided standard of some minimum number of wins or innings that must be reached.
That will let voters conveniently discount that Pedro was the best AL pitcher this season -- as opposed to Toronto's Roy Halladay, who had the most wins and innings. (Hold on, let's qualify that IP: Halladay threw 79 more innings than Pedro -- but gave up 59 more runs! That's a 6.72 ERA for those "extra innings.")
This is the kind of media logic that bothers me. You can't just subtract innings and runs allowed come up with a magical ERA for just the extra innings pitched
In my award thread, i picked Halladay as writer's pick. Because of wins, which they love. I believe Pedro and Hudson were the better pitchers, although Halladay isnt a bad choice. The example above isn't really phony. Using (RAR) Runs Above Replacement, you can fill in the blanks. I believe replacement era is 5.98. Adding 79 more innings to Pedros era, using a replacement era, and he still beats Halladay in era. Hudson's era was over a half run lower as well. Too much is made of Halladays innings. Roy also had a whopping 6.06 runs per 9. Three of Foulke's blown saves were in Hudson's starts.