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oloughla
3/03
Craig mentioned that Sabathia's rates last year were the same as they were in 2010. That's not entirely true if you look at K%, which is a better statistic than K/9 (per batter metric > per inning metric). His K% last year was the worst of his career by a decent margin. He also outperformed his FIP and his xFIP by a significant margin in 2010, which isn't something he's done consistently over his career, so I'm not sure you can count on it happening again.

I'd expect ~ a 3.90 ERA, but that velocity drop is fairly alarming, and I'd prefer to let someone else take the plunge if I can help it.
TheArtfulDodger
3/03
Yes, K% is better, but I thought it was an interesting discussion point using those stats, which is why I brought it up. I wanted to get the response that I did from Mau and Ben, which is "even though the stats say that, it doesn't tell the whole story". I'm not expecting anything big from Sabathia either, but I think I said something in the 3.75 range while you're saying the 3.90 range, which really isn't all that different.

Agreed that K% is more useful though.
oloughla
3/03
I think Roy Halladay offers a cautionary tale on CC. The same warning signs starting to crop up (extremely high usage for years coupled with age and steep velocity loss/K% drop).