Quick Thoughts On Wins As A Statistic

Hunter AlexanderContributor IMay 30, 2010

ST. LOUIS - APRIL 28:  Starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami #11 of the Atlanta Braves throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Just to prove how random, and therefore essentially worthless, wins are as a statistic, check out the numbers of two pitchers below.

Pitcher #1 - 4.86 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 35 strikeouts, 29 walks and 63 innings pitched in 11 starts.

Pitcher #2 - 4.66 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 32 strikeouts, 15 walks and 56 innings pitched in 10 starts.

Pitcher #1 is Derek Lowe, owner of a 7-4 record, and pitcher #2 is Kenshin Kawakami, who currently sits atop an 0-7 record.  On the same team with across-the-board worse stats, Lowe is having a far superior year if you put much stock in wins as a viable stat.  What do you all think about this?  Do you think wins are overvalued or am I way off-base here? 

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