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I stumbled across this article about the Angels rotation on fangraphs:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/angels-rotation-not-as-strong-as-expected/

What I found most interesting about it was the graph ranking the Top 3 of each rotation by fWAR; I was pretty surprised to see that the Tigers rank 3rd on that list.

After some further investigation, both Fister and Scherzer are guys who the ERA metrics (FIP, xFIP, SIERA) suggest are deserving/performing a bit better than their respective ERAs suggest.

We were pretty hard on the O's in the game thread for stinking it up against Fister but he was a pretty damn good pitcher last year and I couldn't help but think watching him that he looks a lot like Jered Weaver in terms of stuff and style (their mechanics are eerily similar).

Not trying to make excuses for our offense, but worth taking into account.

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After some further investigation, both Fister and Scherzer are guys who the ERA metrics (FIP, xFIP, SIERA) suggest are deserving/performing a bit better than their respective ERAs suggest.

Arghhhh, stop using FIP! What are you, some kind of <i>computer that hates baseball?</i> Why don't you go make out with a graphics card, Mr. Roboto! Beepboopbeepboop!

;)

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Arghhhh, stop using FIP! What are you, some kind of <i>computer that hates baseball?</i> Why don't you go make out with a graphics card, Mr. Roboto! Beepboopbeepboop!

;)

Beep bop beep bop bop, bop bop bop, beep beep. Beep bop, beeb bop, beeb bop bop bop beep. Bop bop beep. Beep beep bop bop bop bop, beep beep beep beep bop beep bop beep beep beep bop bop, bop bop beep beep bop bop, beep. Beep bop, bob beep.

(FWIW, Buck was pretty effusive in his praise of Fister after the game.)

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The day he beat us, I posted a thread saying I thought the O's inability to do much had more to do with his great pitching than our slump. Most people who responded shouted me down, but that's how I saw it.

Yup, I remember, and I thought for all the world I had mentioned you in the original post (just looked and saw I didn't) because it was after reading your post that I dug up that article about teams' top 3's to try and support your observations, because I felt that way as well. Actually, more precisely I felt: this guy looks to me just like Jered Weaver, and I wish we knew how to hit both of them better. But if we're not going to complain about getting shut down by Weaver, we probably shouldn't complain about being shut down by Fister.

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