Originally Posted by dougdirt
Ohlendorf over the last two seasons:
285 innings, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Volquez over the last two seasons:
112.1 innings, 4.33 ERA, 1.42 WHIP
If you are going to be presenting a case based on numbers, Volquez is likely to lose. Now, is anyone going to really take Ohlendorf over Volquez moving forward? Doubtful. But he deserves the money he is getting. The guy has been a pretty solid pitcher the last two seasons.
Yeah, I don't mean to say it's unfair or unreasonable. It's just that it's pretty obvious what a talent gap there is between those two. But to your point, it's not like the numbers prior to 2009 would be ignored in an arbitration case. If you look at both of their career numbers, this is what you get:
354 IP, 246 SO, 13 wins, 25 losses, 4.40 ERA, 1.390 WHIP, 3.3 WAR (b-r)
388.1 IP, 375 SO, 28 wins, 22 losses, 4.36 ERA, 1.476 WHIP, one All-Star appearance, 4.2 WAR (b-r)
With the exception of WHIP, Volquez is superior in pretty much every way according to the numbers. And if you want to cherry-pick stats to make an argument, let's compare what each has done since 2008 as opposed to 2009.