AquaMan2342 wrote:So this thread (about 120 responses) is devoted to discussing who might be the best pitcher is in baseball, and you're going to say something like "are you really telling me that you go into this much detail when evaluating pitchers"? If that much detail is equivalent to four or five mouse clicks, then I'd have to answer "yes". I have no vested interest in any of these pitchers....unfortunately for me none of my pitching staffs are any good this year. However, it's an interesting debate and the angles of argument are really endless. If you want to just play the numbers game be my guest. When I am interested in finding the answer to something, I usually try to do whatever I can to satisfy my interest.
Well then by your standards, you'd have to break down every single start by each pitcher and also consider who they faced in each outing and what each hitter was doing at the time. For instance, Lincecum faced the Cards 3 times. How many of those starts were with/without Pujols? Was he in a hot/cold streak? Did he pitch to him or pitch around him? What was the outcome of the match up?
I'm interested to see the results. I want you to analyze each of Lincecum and Volquez's start this year, pitch by pitch. Then you can convince me how easy it is to evaluate a pitcher based on his competition.