Re: Cliff Lee
Originally Posted by TheNext44
As I said, I am done with this. The only way to discuss this further is to go deep into analytic philosophy and advanced logic. No one wants that. I know I don't.
So again, just let me say that what you have done is provide one logical explanation for the data. But it is invalid for anyone to conclude that this is the only or even the best, or even one of the best explanations for the data.
Give a more credible explanation (than the sabermetric conclusion).... that's kind of the way to discuss this issue further. I don't think it requires a PhD.
Really the question is pretty straightforward. If the average pitcher can exert significant influence over BABIP, why can it (BABIP) fluctuate so wildly from year to year and why do dramatic departures from .300 over short stretches always regress back toward .300 as a sample grows? This is especially important to address given peripherals we know a pitcher can control such as K/9 and BB/9 are pretty repeatable absent injury and dramatic departures from the major league average can be consistently maintained (i.e. again just look at Pedro for instance).
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