ERA doesn’t equal good/bad pitching

Living a few hours from Safeco field, I hear about Felix Hernandez a lot.  For many years he was the only bright-spot for Mariners fans – until the past few seasons.  Felix is a great pitcher, no doubt, but how great? If we answer with ERA, we have to consider that there are at least 5 things that affect a pitcher’s ERA (earned run average): the pitch that leaves his hand luck the defense behind the pitcher the ball-park & sequencing. The pitch that leaves his hand is the ONLY thing the pitcher controls. Felix has no control: of whether the batter reaches on a bad pitch and sprays it to the opposite field – luck. on whether his left-fielder made a good jump on contact (or whether he has the actual speed to get there before the ball lands) – … Continue reading »