From Jared Diamond and Andrew Beaton at the Wall Street Journal on August 7, 2018:
Baseball’s analytics community has long derided the humble statistic of pitcher wins. The data wonks and eggheads who now control the sport have taken one of the game’s most fundamental numbers, chewed it up and spat out its tattered remains like a bag of sunflower seeds.
But, somehow, the win has maintained its grip in the mainstream. Just look to the 2016 American League Cy Young vote. Detroit’s Justin Verlander that year held the advantage in innings, ERA, strikeouts and just about any other measure.
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Originally published: August 8, 2018. Last Updated: August 8, 2018.