I would LOVE an editor. Wow, talk about embarrassing. I was rushing to get it done, running a little behind today. Will you all give me mercy if I tell you I have a one-month old and am learning a new job?
I’ve been wondering why Randy Wells hasn’t been mentioned in more ROY pieces thus far…Rasmus’s offense isn’t spectacular (yet, he is hitting for good power) but his defense IMO is what puts him over the top of Wells (and Happ) at least for the moment. If Wells doesn’t regress too badly, I think he will finish in the Top 3 for ROY.
Does anyone know how I can get the average Pitch F/X information as opposed to just game-specific Pitch F/X graphs? Because the graph used in this article is very useful and, in the past, I’ve had to evaluate pitchers by “eyeballing” game-to-game performances.
As a Cubs fan I’ve been watching Wells. If he maintains his K and BB rates (his BB rate has been terrific) he’ll be a good ML starter for several years, but there’s no doubt he’s been the beneficiary of some great luck in strand rate and HR/FB (even as he’s had terrible luck with run support). That fits with ZiPS’ prediction that his HR/9 and FIP will rise. When I hear ROY I usually think “exciting future star”, and Rasmus is closer to that than Wells is. Wells has 12 starts under his belt and he’s only really been knocked around once — that will probably happen a few more times, he’ll have a few more starts where he struggles with command, and on balance he might look like a solid #3 starter.
I sent an e-mail in to fangraphs maybe a month ago detailing how awesome Randy Wells has been this year and how sad it was that he got no coverage. Hopefully my e-mail inspired this post, and if not, no matter- Randy Wells gets his cred at last!