Thursday, December 14, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, December 14, 2023 -- "Starting Pitcher Tiers"


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'One framing of this philosophy is through Cy Young voting. There are just three pitchers who have received Cy Young votes in all of the last three years: Cole, Kevin Gausman, and Corbin Burnes. If you look at just the last two years, you add in Framber Valdez, Logan Webb, Zac Gallen, and Spencer Strider. There just aren’t very many pitchers you can count on to be among the best in baseball -- to be #1 starters -- on a year-to-year basis anymore. Even those are providing many fewer innings than they did just ten years ago, and a fraction of what they did 30 years ago."