How well do you think you know the Pirates? For that matter, how well do you think you know baseball?
Pretty decent, you say?
Ok.. the stats below belong to three pitchers and they cover their production since 2000. The only oddball graph I used is the ERA one and I used ERA by age instead of the season ERA graph, not that it really matters of course.
The blue lines represent the median line for the three players. The "Good" and "Poor" areas are based on historical data from all MLB pitchers.
Look at the graphs below and rank the three pitchers 1-2-3 in the order of your preference as if you are a GM looking at the stats of three free agents and you *had* to pick one of these three.
Then, decide how much you would pay your first pick if he was available. You don’t have to figure dollars.. using a percentage system would be ok too.
As an example, you could say your first pick would be worth $12m per year, your second pick $11m, and your third pick $10m. Or, you could say you would pay your first selection 10% more than your second pick and your third pick 20% less.
Get the idea?
Do this without researching anything but what you see here as the graphs represent actual pitchers.
Those that have baseball guts can post their answers in a comment below. I’ll post the pitcher’s names tomorrow evening about 10 pm Eastern.
For those wanting just a tad more, all three pitcher’s had a DIPS ERA within 4% of each other.
A big thanks to Fan Graphs for the use of their outstanding visual work.
Still reading? Ok.. JR House signed with the Orioles today.