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A tale of two pitchers

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Elsa

Two pitchers:

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The first pitcher has 11 quality starts (55% of their games)
The second pitcher has 14 quality starts (67% of their games)

The first pitcher has allowed fewer home runs, and to the extent that one believes that HR/FB rates are controllable, that gives him the edge in fielding-independent terms. But in the end despite the HR difference, they've ended up allowing the same number of runs.

The first pitcher's team has scored 5.6 runs per 9 innings while he's pitching, and he's 11-5.

The other pitcher's team has scored 2.6 runs per 9 innings while he's pitching, and he's 4-12.

(also, the first pitcher has a .159 wOBA in 42 PAs when batting, while the second has a .158 wOBA in 42 PAs)

The Phillies face the first pitcher tonight. The second pitcher starts tomorrow in Detroit.

<a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=2520,4972">fangraphs comparison</a>

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