posted at 9/21/2013 7:23 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
Judging by your posts, the only thing you understand about stats is that you know how to manipulate them a little bit to whine about a particular player.
I guess that puts me at one level of understanding above you, doesn't it. You cannot look at McCarthy's injuries and retrospectively say that he was not as good a deal as Dempster. For all you knew (which apparently isn't a whole lot) it could have been Dempster who was injured. Dempster's ERA in 2012 was 5.09; McCarthy was at 3.24. Dempster was paid over $13M; McCarthy was paid $9M. Knowing what you knew (again, not much, sad to say) last winter, which player was the better value? Never mind......this is past your understanding of baseball statistics. Don't trouble yourself with it.
WE ARE ALL JUST POPPYSEEDS IN THE BAKERY OF LIFE
Actually, even someone like you could have predicted McCarthy would have issues with injuries. He had thrown over 111 innings once in his entire career (170 in 2011), so expecting him to come out and give you 175+ innings this year wouldn't have been realistic at all. Of course none of that matters because he wasn't coming here anyway. Something you seem unable to grasp.
Keep using your archaic way of thinking and continue to look ridiculous. You look at 6 innings and 3 runs as a 4.50 e.r.a and a bad pitcher. Today's baseball world looks at it as a "quality" start and giving your team a chance to win. The 300 innning pitcher is gone, and so are the 60's. Your absurd way of thinking says that if a guy pitches 6 shutout innings and his team is up 12-0, but gives up 4 runs in the 7th, it was a bad start, because his "e.r.a." doesn't meet the "Pumpsie standard." Bottom line is that no "stat" tells the whole story and certainly not "e.r.a."
Dempster came here and pretty much did exactly what they expected him to do. While it's possible he is moved in the off season, he came here and helped this team get to where it is today, and the book isn't closed on his season yet, either. Calling the Dempster signing a "mistake" shows just how out of touch you are with today's game of baseball.