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Pitching and Defense

A number of the group have noted the need to improve starting pitching. In several posts Zogger has noted that league average pitching would be a step up. Adam Reynolds has noted the fielding deficiencies of the PBC, and there has been some controversy about how much better defense would improve the pitching. It's useful to note that the Pirates rank either last or next-to-last in our best attempts at measures of pitching that are independent of defense. FIP uses bases on balls, strikeouts, and home runs (all defense independent), and we ranked 15th of 16 NL teams. In contrast, xFIP focuses on balls, strikeouts, and fly balls (again defense independent), and we ranked 16th. Adding league average pitching would, as Zogger has noted, be a major improvement.

K/9 

BB/9

K/BB

HR/9

AVG

WHIP

BABIP

LOB%

ERA

FIP

xFIP

Pirates Rank

16

10

16

14

16

16

16

16

16

15

16

 

Who out there looks available and an improvement?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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