I’ve mentioned before, specifically in the context of pointing out why I think that over their respective careers, Mike Mussina was a better pitcher than Tom Glavine (see here), that wins is a poor measure of how good a pitcher really is. So many outside factors go into which pitcher gets the win, that it isn’t really about being a “winner.”
Take, for instance, today’s Yankee game, and this line:
E Ramirez (W, 3-0), 1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
The context: Edwar Ramirez (yes, the same one that I annointed as the next coming of Mariano Rivera after his first MLB inning) was brought in for the 8th inning to protect an 8-5 lead. He proceeded to blow it, and left the game after the top of the 8th down 9-8. The Yankees came back, scored half a dozen runs in the bottom of the frame for the winning margin of 14-8. Because Edwar was the pitcher of record when the Yankees scored the go-ahead runs, he was given the “win.” Not because he did anything to help the Yankees “win” or was the “winner” but because of circumstance.
But hey, his record is 3-0, he must be having a great season.
That’s why “wins” are a stupid stat, and just not a good measure of how good a pitcher really is.