FIRE JOE MORGAN: We Will Soon Return You to Your Regularly-Scheduled Knee-Jerk Negativity


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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


We Will Soon Return You to Your Regularly-Scheduled Knee-Jerk Negativity

But kudos to Jayson Stark for sticking up for Johan Santana.

This is a large chunk of the good stuff:

"But what this voting really proves is that Cy Young voters are still mushy traditionalists who value the almighty 'win' above all other indicators of who pitched best over six grueling months.

Not that there isn't something to be said for pitchers who find a way to win. That is, after all, the object. But Colon sure was helped out by his bullpen (which blew zero saves for him) and his run support (6.02 runs per game).

And if you zap wins out of the who-pitched-best equation and compare him with the guy who finished third in this voting -- Johan Santana -- it wasn't even close.

Santana piled up 81 more strikeouts, beat Colon in ERA by 61 points, allowed almost two fewer baserunners for every nine innings, and had more innings pitched, complete games and shutouts.

Hitters who faced Colon had a batting average of .254 against him. The on-base percentage against Santana was .250. Any more objections, your honor?

True, Colon had five more wins than Santana (21 vs. 16). But since Santana actually pitched more innings, how was that win gap his fault? The win differential is a stat we can attribute almost completely to their offenses. It's that basic.

Colon got a ridiculous 1.32 more runs per game than Santana did. And Santana's totals in his last three no-decisions tell it all: 23 innings, 9 hits, 3 runs, 0 wins."

Congratulations on being a reasonable human being, Jason Stark!

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posted by Junior  # 5:27 PM
Looks like Jason Stark is a Ken Tremendous fan. And who can blame him? Ken is a smart, awesome guy who is always right about stuff.
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