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Pick the Best Relief Pitcher

 

 

K/9

BB/9

FIP

xFIP

tERA

avgDIPS

BABIP

Age

a

12.66

3.23

2.77

2.83

2.82

2.81

0.337

28

b

10.53

5.95

3.40

4.06

4.20

3.89

0.301

28

c

10.13

1.93

2.34

3.40

2.46

2.73

0.399

29

d

7.42

3.41

3.41

3.72

3.40

3.51

0.241

27

OK, I've included some defense independent pitching stats and placed them above with the pitcher's age.  I ask you to pick out the best relievers from that group; or at least order them from best to worst.  There are many articles being posted lately about who the Bucs will tender contracts to next season.  Out of the group above, if you can tender three, who would get contracts?  The decision seems pretty straight forward doesn't it?  Based on the avgDIPS column (simply averaged FIP, xFIP and tERA) the best pitchers are c, a and d right?  Obviously they should be tendered contracts.  I guess if you like K's more than you hate walks you could make a case for b over d.  Either way, the first two choices seem pretty straight forward correct?


Well what if I told you the player's name and ERA.  The stats belong to the following players below (with season ERA):

a) Hanrahan (3.52) b) Resop (4.12) c) Ledezma (6.27) d) Meek (2.07)

That's right, by the advanced pitching stats used above Ledezma is the best relief pitcher on the team (by avgDIPS).  I make this post because just about every article I read lately about the Pirate's roster decisions discuss Ledezma being cut because of his performance.  Heck, I read posts all the time about how Ledezma should be dumped right now yet many want to try Resop as a starter (his numbers with the Bucs are better than his total but still not better than Ledezma's).  Now Ledezma has only pitched in 15 innings but he has accumulated more WAR (.3) in his time with the Pirates than Dotel did when he was here.  Plus, given his high BABIP (.399), his numbers are likely to improve the more he pitches.  He is also following a minor league season in Indy in which he completely dominated the competition.  Yes his ERA is ridiculously high but again, so is his BABIP (.399).  If you want to cut him because he will likely make $1M next season (and you think the Pirates can do better with the money) I can understand the reasoning.  If you want to cut him because you don't like the way he looks, well that's your perrogative.  If you want to cut him because you think, based on his career to date, that he is pitching over his head and is unlikely to repeat the perforance going forward that would make sense.  But cutting him because of his ERA is exactly the kind of decision making that landed the Pirates Joel Hanrahan.   

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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