Sunday, May 22, 2011
Tim Lincecum is the best .500 pitcher in baseball
For anyone who still uses wins and losses as the main frame of reference to judge the quality of a pitcher, may I present Tim Lincecum.
Yesterday he threw a complete game shutout where he let up 3 hits and no walks. And nobody was stunned by that performance.
He averages 7 innings a start, the league is hitting .202 against him. He has logged more than a strikeout per inning and his ERA is 2.06.
I did not throw a single new fangled stat.
Logging tons of innings. Striking out tons of batters. Keeping the opposition from getting his and giving up very few runs.
His record is 4-4.
I am sure there is someone out there who would see his record and say "Man, he's off to a mediocre start."