Originally Posted by SI1020
Round and round it goes. This stat doesn't mean anything but that one does. If you don't agree with me then you're a moron and I'm Einstein. One of the great allures of baseball to me is the stats. Yes even in the late 50's we knew that a pitcher's W-L record and or a fielder's fielding PCT. could be a deceiving number. I really don't care all that much for the saber movement, while being impressed with Bill James and his knowledge of the game and its history. I look at a players stats holistically or else at least I try to. On offense what are you doing to create runs. Pitching and defense what are you doing to prevent them. Take into consideration that not every hitter has power, and not every pitcher has blazing speed, among other things. I'm grateful for sites like baseball reference that allow me to pore over a multitude of stats and old box scores. Yes I'd certainly take Chris Sale over Jeremy Guthrie hands down last year. I still look at ALL the stats, including W-L record.
While I appreciate your perspective...
When you have all of those other numbers at your disposal, there's no point looking at W-L record. There's nothing that it can tell you that other stats don't.
plus St. Louis and Milwaukee
plus NYC parks and Minnesota
plus PNC Park in Pittsburgh
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