It is always the first statistic you see when they show a pitchers stat. Is there a more meaningless stat in all of sports?
Maybe this stat meant something in the deadball era when pitchers would complete 9 innings but today’s game is different. The average pitcher goes about 5 2/3’s innings so how is this stat relevant anymore? Can’t we just erase it or hide it somewhere?
A pitcher goes 8 innings gives up 1ER but leaves the game down 1-0 and he isn’t eligible for a win but another pitcher can go 5 innings give up 4 runs but because his team scored more runs he is a candidate for the win column? C’mon already, let’s get rid of this stat. Anyone with a clue doesn’t look at WIN-LOSS record when studying a pitchers performance.
Let’s take a look at Matt Harvey’s 2013 Season.
2.27 ERA, 2.01 FIP (YIKES), WHIP 0.931, H/9 0.4
With stats like this you would think after 180 IP he would have at least 15 wins right?
He went 9-5, that is right.. 9-5.
Harvey has a career W/L record of 29-28 despite a 2.94 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 2.79 FIP.
Kershaw in 2015, arguably one of the better seasons in recent memory.
300+ K’s, 232 IP, 1.97 FIP, 2.13 ERA. W/L record was 16-7.
In 2014 AL Cy Young Race: Who do you think won the Cy Young? The guy with the better ERA, WHIP, or the guy with more wins?