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thetongueofire wrote:however, its not exactly like that. ML pitchers have control over the number of balls they allow to be inplay. but different pitchers dont differ greatly on their ability to prevent hits on balls in play. once the ball gets in play a lot of factors like defense, park, luck etc. that pitchers have absolutely no control over are involved.
thetongueofire wrote:this year, Eaton's dissapointed but i dont see a decline in his pitching ability anywhere 'cept for the fact that unexpectadly hes giving up more HR's... which is a concern but in a keeper im ready to take a "gamble" provided i buy him low cos i dont see any other negative thing.
Ender wrote:Every year there are pitchers with ERA's too high or too low for their stats, usuallly the difference comes down to simple luck.
As for ESPN listing ERA as their default setting, ERA and AVG are the most visible stats. They are stats that people that don't follow baseball understand. Basically they default to that to appease the masses. Or do you really think AVG has more meaning than OPS?
josebach wrote:ERA is hands down the most best statistic for measuring how effective a pitcher is.
Ender wrote:ERA is a useless stat, don't judge a player using that.
thetongueofire wrote:The rate at which a pitcher allows hits on balls in play has more to do with defense and luck than to his own skill
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