Playing with Numbers: Earned runs versus actual runs allowed
Maybe we're being a tad harsh there, but it is true that for a starting pitcher in a standard 4X4 league, one-third of his value comes from his win total, one-third comes from his ERA and one-third comes from his WHIP. Even if we were to include strikeouts, the most common category to add for a 5X5 scoring system, we're still looking at one-quarter of his worth coming from a statistic that follows somewhat arbitrary rules. I'm talking specifically about ERA, which is oftentimes subject to the whims of aging sportswriters.
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