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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Pirates’ Pitching?

Published by on April 24, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Last year, Pirates' pitching, as measured by ERA, was worst in Major League Baseball. So far this year, it is ranked first. How did they go from "worst to first" so quickly? Things aren't that simple.

The first thing to note is that the Pirates pitchers' "FIPS," or what I call sabermetric ERAs, are quite a bit higher than their actual ones. That is to say, they should have given up more hits and runs, based on the number of their strikeouts, free bases (walks and hit by pitches), and home runs yielded, than they actually did. 

Anything of this sort can happen in the short term. Longer term, the Pirates need to improve their raw statistics to maintain their pitching leadership.

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