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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Pitching / Defense 

Renewed interest in defense of late because of the defensive focus of Theo Epstein in Bean-tahn …

ZR / Fpct.:
Thome: .810 / .993
Abreu: .865 / .983
Bell: .793 / .947
Burrell: .884 / .989
Rollins: .845 / .983
Polanco: .821 / .992
Byrd: .827 / .992

ZR (Zone Rating): Is a stat which measures a player’s defensive ability by measuring plays they should have made. Admittedly, this is a stat left open to subjective opinions.

I typically avoid charting the statistical play of Phils pitchers, in part because it depresses me to see their balloon-sized ERA’s and WHIP’s, but also because you have to divide the starters and relievers because their roles are so very different …

Starters: (W-L / WHIP / ERA)
Wolf: 4-7 / 1.32 / 4.04
Myers: 6-8 / 1.51 / 5.38
Millwood: 9-6 / 1.43 / 4.86
Abbott: 1-5 / 1.71 / 6.23
Milton: 12-2 / 1.41 / 4.80
Padilla: 4-5 / 1.42 / 4.07

WHIP (Walks plus hits by innings pitched): (BB + H) / IP = WHIP
ERA (Earned Run Average): (ER * 9) / IP = ERA

Gee … who is worse? Myers or Abbott? Hard to say, because to be fair to Abbott it must be pointed out that Myers has had a few extra starts. Still, it is all bad: Wolf is the only Phils starter whose WHIP is lower than the team average (Padilla’s ERA is, like Wolf’s, lower than the team average. Milton, Myers, Millwood and Abbott all have ERA’s higher than average …) The rest of the staff continues its weary slog toward mediocrity.

I’ve been pretty down on Millwood, but Baseball Prospectus recently pointed out that he’s been victimized by a lot of bad breaks with balls put in play landing for hits instead of outs … since the All-Star break he’s been 3-1 with a 1.22 WHIP. If he gets off the DL, he could do well down the stretch … The good news has been that the Phils Post-All Star break numbers are positive: a WHIP of 1.36 and an ERA of 4.70 (Pre: 1.41; 4.44).

More when I get a chance …

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