In baseball, a pitcher’s win-loss stat isn’t a great indicator of their skill and pitching ability. That’s because if your team doesn’t score runs for you, no matter how well you pitch, you will never win. A great example from last season was Marco Estrada. He had an ERA of 3.48 and a career high 165 strikeouts but he had a record of 9 and 9 because his team scored an average of 3.6 runs per game when he was on the mound. Compare that to his teammate J.A. Happ, who had run support of 6.9 and a record of 20-4. That’s a massive difference.
How lucky are the Blue Jays pitchers this season? Let’s find out!
Marcus Stroman: ERA: 3.69 Record: 7-4 Run support: 6.8
Marco Estrada: ERA: 4.89 Record: 4-6 Run support: 4.1
Francisco Liriano: ERA: 5.46 Record: 4-3 Run support: 5.6
Joe Biagini: ERA: 4.45 Record: 2-6 Run support: 3.2
J.A. Happ: ERA: 3.38 Record: 2-4 Run support: 3.8
(I didn’t count Aaron Sanchez because he only pitched 5 games)
Can you believe this? J.A. Happ has an ERA of 3.38, but because the Jays can’t score any runs, he is stuck with the hideous record of 2-4. So as you can see, the offence is really important to win because no matter how well you pitch, you can’t win a game.
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