Author Topic: The Stephen Strasburg Appreciation Thread  (Read 31609 times)

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Offline Coladar

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Re: The Stephen Strasburg Appreciation Thread
« Reply #175: September 05, 2013, 08:49:25 PM »
Why would you use ERA? RA9 is a better stat for this type of inquiry.

/shrug? For one thing, ERA is what I'm/most folks are most familiar with.

RA9 is simply including unearned runs as well as earned runs, right? I'm not sure burdening Stras with poor defense/fielding is necessarily an absolute... Might be useful as well, but imo ERA is an adequate indicator of pitching performance.

It does appear Stras has allowed a relatively significant number of unearned runs with 10, but Kershaw, #1 ERA, has six unearned runs, #13 in Chris Sale has 12 unearned runs allowed. Zimmermann has 4 and Gio 6. Unfortunately I don't see RA/9 on the rudimentary stat page I'm looking at currently.