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Scott Dierking

Turns out Phil Hughes is just bad, not hurt

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Bard and Robertson have pretty much equally good career xFIP and WAR stats. That being said, most of Robertson's quality has come from this year, so he has a worse track record and he also has horrible control; not something I like in a pitcher.

Phil Hughes is very talented and I'm sure he'll have a solid career.

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The point is that Bard is all hyped up and Robertson had matched him up to this season and he's be been better this season. "Horrible" control is pushing it too.

Robertson did not have him matched up until this season. Bard had almost double Robertson's WAR last season. And 4.91 BB/9 is pretty bad. Normally, I would say Robertson should consider dialing it down a bit, but he's been very effective in spite of the walks so idk.

And Roberston's career FIP is deflated by his luck in not giving up a home run yet this year. Before this year, his HR/FB hovered pretty steadily around 9%, so I would expect a regression. Then again, his K/9 has jumped this year so who knows.

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FIP? More made up stats? Is FIP on the back of baseball cards now? Just check the WHIP and ERA. You know the stats that have been around since forever.

WHIP was invented in 1979. And FIP is a lot better at predicting future ERA than ERA itself is.

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You're right about his luck with homers this season and that should probably normalize but the guy's career k9 is 12.1 that's an elite level RP.

Yeah, his K's are really really nice. His walks worry me but he's definitely elite. xFIP likes him and Bard equally while SIERA (which I'm not sure I understand yet) gives a slight edge to Bard. Any way you slice it, both of them are terrific and I would love to have either on my team. Also, SIERA likes Hughes a bit more than the other metrics.

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I think bringing in Hughes would have been a good idea if he were pitching well. I don't think he was ready for Red Sox/Yankees high pressure stuff. That being said, hindsight is 20/20 and I was intrigued by the move when I saw the guy come in the game.

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