And then there’s this one: In 2000, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez struck out 17 in nine innings, but was saddled with the L” because the Rays strung together two hits and a stolen base with two outs in the eighth inning. Tampa Bay won that one, 1-0.
But enough of the historical extremes. Let’s just look at the most recent season, using B-R’s invaluable Play Index to show the everyday lunacy of using pitcher wins and losses. In 2016, there were 195 starts in which a pitcher threw at least seven full innings, struck out at least seven and allowed zero or one earned runs and zero or one walks. We can all agree that’s a pretty exceptional start, right?
Of those 195 starts, 40 times that starting pitcher either received a no-decision (31 times) or a loss (nine times). On the other hand, on 29 occasions last year, a starting pitcher threw six or fewer innings and allowed at least five earned runs and still wound up with a win in the stat column.
So, if we’re only using pitcher wins/losses as the guide, on 69 occasions last year, a stat line of 6 IP, 5 ER (or worse) was a more valuable pitching line than 7 IP, 1 ER (or better).
Broncos football poobah John Elway shouldn’t mess around. Don’t wait to see if Romo gets released by Dallas. Send the Cowboys a draft pick – provided it’s within reason — to insure Romo is in the fold before Denver gets outmaneuvered by Houston for his services.
Such a move would be different for Elway, who has gone on the cheap lately at the quarterback position despite having adroitly played the position himself at a high price. Romo’s $14 million base salary for 2017 is just $1 million less than what Elway convinced Peyton Manning to play for in 2015 with a contract restructure. It’s far more Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys than what Denver is set to pay Paxton Lynch ($2.2 million) and Trevor Siemian ($628,000) this Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys season.