Originally Posted by jojo
ERA+ is about as informative as ERA. It's one of the the bluntest possible ways to look at a pitcher. It really shouldn't be used as the endpoint for this type of discussion.
Yeah, I hate those blunt instruments that involve large sample sizes and that tell a clear, unmistakable story.
If you want to have a discussion about the nuance of how Bronson Arroyo has been an above average pitcher for the Reds during the balance of his four years with the club, go ahead. Throw FIP into the fire, L/R and home-road splits, opponent OPS, BABIP, the whole kitchen sink.
Yet there's no arguing that for four years he's been one of the better pitchers in the game at logging innings and limiting runs. Sorry if that's not nuanced or sophisticated enough for you, but there's nothing nuanced or sophisticated about it. The guy took the ball and did the job. That's what teams pay for.
It's the endpoint because in the end that is the point.