Playing With Numbers: Knowing which spring stats to examine
Why is this? Well, there's an inherent problem with spring stats. Pitchers, especially those who have job security, treat the spring schedule as the exhibitions they truly are, using their appearances to simply build up arm strength for the long regular season ahead and work on pitches. Erik Bedard isn't concerned about his 8.63 spring ERA and you shouldn't be either, just as you shouldn't get overly excited about John Maine's 1.53 spring ERA. After all, last year Kip Wells had a spring ERA of 1.06, while Jake Peavy managed a 4.05 ERA. Need I remind you which one of those guys ended up winning 19 and which one lost 17?
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