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Wheeler & Balfour: The FIP Story


We've looked at frequencies and magnitudes of failures in various states of leverage for Grant Balfour, J.P. Howell, and Dan Wheeler. Now let's look at each pitcher's FIP for each leverage scenario:

Pitcher Lev FIP IP
Balfour High 0.74 14.2
Balfour VeHi 1.37 6
Howell High 2.29 34
Balfour Med 2.45 18.2
Howell Med 3.05 26.2
Howell Low 3.4 51.1
Wheeler VeHi 3.61 9.2
Balfour Low 3.76 41.1
Wheeler Low 3.87 22.1
Howell VeHi 6 5
Wheeler Hi 6.01 25.2
Wheeler Med 6.7 26

While Wheeler has the lowest fail rate for low leverage situations, his FIP does measure higher. His relative FIP is much better however.  Due to his penchant for HRs he will never be a qualifier for an extremely low FIP, but that does not account for frequency. Given his low failure frequency, the lesser magnitude of a home run in low leverage spots, and his relatively strong FIP, it is pretty clear where Wheeler's use is best suited. Likewise, there should be no further questions about Balfour, unless you want to discuss his health.

 

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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