Monday, June 05, 2006

Offense, Starting Pitching, or relief corps?

which has had the most value this season for the Phils? If you said "The Relief Corps" you obviously are either very astute, read Phlogs regularly, or don't get any of your information from the Philly news media. Maybe all three.

Fangraphs tells us that of all the WPA, both the starting pitching and the defense get negatives in terms of how much they contributed to winning games. It isn't really even very close, with only 3 out of 10 relievers having a negative WPA.

By contrast, only 2 out of 7 starters have a positive WPA, and 9 out of 27 hitters have a positive WPA.

So, now that we know that, what do we do?


At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Tom G said...

Does that mean the relievers have truly contributed more or just reflect the fact that they are brought in during higher leverage situations?

At 8:15 AM, Blogger Pawnking said...


That is, the relievers have contributed more than most starters, and they have been employed in high-leverage situations. If they had failed in those situations, they would have had a negative WPA.


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