Here’s a question for you: Which pitcher would you rather have?
Pitcher A: 108 IP, 1.83 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 107 SO, 4.1 WAR
Pitcher B: 113 IP, 1.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 102 SO, 4.5 WAR
Pretty close, right?
Player A is the Marlins’ Josh Johnson, who has a 0.83 ERA over his last nine starts. Player B is the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez, who has hit a bit of speed bump lately, but is still having an amazing season overall.
Both players are having near identical seasons. The difference is that Jimenez is 14-1 while Johnson is 8-3.
Yet another reason why pitching wins and losses never tell the whole story.