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The Tools of Ignorance: Saturday News

Over-Rated! But still so good at baseball...
Over-Rated! But still so good at baseball...

Last night was for the Boss.

So much effort was spent eviscerating the bullpen's ERA the last couple of days, and praising the starting rotation, that I feel compelled to share some splits with you.

Opponents: .241/.309/.386 vs .241/.317/.371

WHIP: 1.24 vs 1.29

K/9: 7.3 vs 7.5

K/BB: 2.32 vs 2.17

ERA: 3.68 vs 4.10

One of these things is not like the other one...

Remember, when the stats that underlie ERA (WHIP, K/9 etc) all tell a better story than ERA, odds are that the ERA has been skewed by the sample size (226IP) and luck.

Remember when CC was pitching poorly, and writers & talk show hosts were starting to say 'maybe he's due for a lousy year'? Last night was marked his 9th outing in a row of at least 7IP and 3ER or less.

Do you think Robinson Cano has the 13th highest trade value in baseball, that he would bring back a bigger haul of prospects than guys like Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Lincecum and Felix Hernandez?

I know Fangraphs has a solid rational for their rankings, but for me, it all starts and ends with young, dominant starting pitchers.