So I have a baseball-related research project I'm going to start working on soon, and a portion of it will involve having to draw the line between pitcher & fielder and how much credit should go to each for balls in play.
I'm curious at getting opinions on this from folks here. How much credit/blame should pitchers get for line drives? Pop-ups? Grounders? Flyballs? And how much, then, should go to the fielders who make or don't make a play on a ball?
The early sabermetric movement concluded that not much, if any, credit should go to pitchers for what happens in the field of play. Now there is a thought that pitchers can control a lot more than was originally believed.
My stance is that infield flys are mostly the work of a pitcher (unless an error occurs) and line drives should largely be assigned to a pitcher. But grounders and flyballs in the field of play seem to be a tougher call.
So I'm curious A) how you would assign such credit/blame and/or B) how you would advise researching this to derive at a proper ratio.
If you want to know more about the project, feel free to get in touch, especially if you are interested in helping. This is really not the primary focus but for what I'm trying to do, it's important.
Would love to get some feedback, though.