I am going to take so much flak for this, and you know what? If I cared, then I wouldn’t be writing this post. Good morning. I think I’m going to go take it out on the street while the rain still falls.
Listed with RAR and FIP are all AL pitchers who 1) didn’t make the All-Star team, 2) have BABIPs over .250, and 3) have a greater RAR than Tim Wakefield.
After the jump…
…be astounded by the sheer idiocy of Joe Maddon.
- Cliff Lee, 33.7 RAR, 3.27 FIP
- Jon Lester, 32.6 RAR, 3.22 FIP
- CC Sabathia, 28.4 RAR, 3.73 FIP
- Dallas Braden, 27.7 RAR, 3.40 FIP
- Gavin Floyd, 27.6 RAR, 3.71 FIP
- James Shields, 27.6 RAR, 3.71 FIP
- Jered Weaver, 25.3 RAR, 3.80 FIP
- Carl Pavano, 24.7 RAR, 3.61 FIP
- Nick Blackburn, 22.9 RAR, 3.97 FIP
- John Danks, 22.0 RAR, 3.93 FIP
- Jarrod Washburn, 21.2 RAR, 3.88 FIP
That’s 11 non-All-Stars, including Dallas Braden and Carl Pavano, who have been more valuable than Wakefield this season.
Of course, if there’s a spot on the All-Star team reserved for starters with a FIP over 4.00, then Wakefield probably deserves that, since he has the second-best FIP over 4 (his 4.17 is behind only the illustrious Brad Bergesen’s 4.13) and the best RAR in that group.
Tim Wakefield is, simply put, not an All-Star caliber player. Not unless the best twenty or so starters in the AL were to suddenly become awful.