Erebus wrote:I don't get why anyone thinks Scherzer is more deserving than Iwakuma. Actually I do get it. It's win/loss record. But that thinking is outdated and wrong.
More IP + lower ERA = better pitcher. Remember, this award is about the best pitcher, and he doesn't have to be on a playoff team (unlike the MVP, according to voters).
If you're going to knock Iwakuma for a rough stretch, you have to knock all other pitchers too. Nobody was dominant in every start. Its a marathon, and he came out on top statistically.
We all get that but thanks for the lecture anyways ( the point of the thread was to reflect on his statistical advantages over the other candidates) The question is if we thought the voters would take a chance on him. Obviously we all think he deserves strong consideration
Your points would be better made to the committee... As you know they not us pick the winner. Felix's award was recognition of years of dominant pitching. The W-L record could be forgiven based on his statistical dominance. Iwaku is new to the conversation and regardless of what you or I think the voters will be drawn to the Win totals of Max and Dirvish
There areca lit of factors that lean in Iwakus favor, including managing a respectable W-L record and high end stastics on a bad team. That's a massive accomplishment. I guess this year will truly test the committees philosophy on evaluation of pitchers