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Fangraph's "Numbers for the Numbered Starters" and "sucky" Sean O'Sullivan

A recent Fangraphs story broke out the BB/9, K/9, GB%, and xFIP for starters 1 through 4 for 2010.  While I'm not going to comment on the methods used by the article (which actually aren't very clear), I was interested to see where the enigmatic, low-K/9 Sean O'Sullivan stood according to this metric (for his 2010 season).

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/numbers-for-the-numbered-starters/

His BB/9 was 3.33, which puts him near the bottom of the #3 Starter tier.  K/9 was 4.63, which puts him basically right in the middle of the #4 Starter tier.  His 2010 GB rate was 40.8%, which puts him near the bottom of the #3 Starter tier.  Sully's xFIP of 5.19 ended up at the middle of the #4 Starter tier, which seemed low to me since it is based on the previous 3 factors, but maybe that speaks to the relative importance of strikeouts.

At least for me--since I don't expect much out of SO'S--a so-called #4 starter is perfectly fine for a young, low-cost pitcher.  Maybe his pitching approach matures and he gets more groundballs and fewer walks.  Maybe not.  But at least it looks like there's a chance he doesn't suck.

Sean O'Sullivan (Fangraphs)

 

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