Originally Posted by BainesHOF
Floyd's 4.29 ERA was good, especially as an American Leaguer. He allowed fewer hits than innings pitched and his strikeout-to-walk ratio was better than 2:1. He finished above .500 at 12-11, but, with his talent and even his stats, he should win more games. But that's pretty much the story of Floyd's career. He's good, but should be better.
You're taking data and coming to the complete wrong conclusion. You're finding other stats that suggest Floyd's decent, then saying "oh, well his K/BB ratio and ERA are fine, but his record isn't, so there must be a problem with Floyd as a pitcher!", rather than the more rational "well, his K/BB ratio and ERA are fine, but his record isn't...maybe win-loss record isn't that telling of a statistic."
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