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What Minor is on pace to do is post the best season any Braves starter has logged in quite some time. His ERA+ of 138 is equal to Tim Hudson’s mark in 2010, his best as a Brave, and was last bettered by Jair Jurrjens and Javier Vazquez in 2009. To find a Braves starter before that better than Minor’s pitched this season, you have to go back to John Smoltz, 2007.
please explain this:
73.1 (IP) 42 (H) 14 (R) 11 (ER) 18 (W) 72 (SO) 3.3 (WAR) 0.82 (WHIP)
65.2 (IP) 47 (H) 18 (R) 18 (ER) 14 (W) 61 (SO) 1.8 (WAR) 0.93 (WHIP)
how does that translate to a war of nearly double?
I thought WAR was based on hits, walks HRs and the like; their runs allowed are not that different. Here i the starter the Minor is 1.5 WAR up on (as opposed to down 1.5 WAR to):
Literally just last year the Braves had 2 starters (Beachy and Medlen) do better than this for longer. Granted, they just didn't pitch full seasons, but they had comfortably more innings than Minor has thrown this year. It's way too early to be talking about "on pace" in any meaningful way. I'm loving Mike Minor this year, but this description does a pretty bad job of contextualizing his performance.
Fangraphs, which bases their pitching WAR on FIP (ergo, on BB, HR, and K), has them much closer at 1.2 for Minor and 2.0 for Kershaw.
Keep in mind that most teams are only a couple games shy of 54 games played which will be 1/3 of the season. I'd say that's a reasonable basis for "on pace" numbers.
Pastornicky was _abysmal_ as a defensive shortstop, and Simmons is the complete opposite,
When the Braves decided last spring that Pastornicky could be their everyday shortstop, it reminded me a lot of when they thought Scott Thorman could be their everyday first-baseman, leading of course to the disastrous Teixeira trade. For a well-run organization, they have an alarming tendency to just punt on entire positions or go into the season with no real plan there (see also 3B, 2013).
You and Keith Law, as I recall. Somehow I'm not expecting to see him make such an admission soon.
am not counting marquis because that was personality
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