Which pitcher would you rather have on the mound in a key situation?
Pitcher IP H R ER HR BB SO BAA ERA ERA+
RHP A 72.0 59 24 22 7 30 70 .224 2.75 157
RHP B 57.3 50 22 19 3 15 21 .234 2.98 139
The first pitcher threw almost 15 more innings, but allowed only three more earned runs, just two more total, and had a far higher strikeout rate. The second pitcher had better control and allowed fewer homers. However, the first pitcher was pitching in a tougher part for a pitcher and was overall a little better. Given that the first pitcher is four years younger and has better peripherals, he’s a far better bet to remain successful.
The first pitcher is Juan Cruz, 2004. The second pitcher is Danny Kolb, 2004.