Stat of the week: Skills-Interactive Earned Run Average

“Three pitchers in the American League are making their cases for the Cy Young Award in 2013: Yu Darvish, Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez.

Historically, the Cy Young Award has been bestowed on pitchers with superb run support, such as Cliff Lee, who went 22-3 with a backing of 5.52 runs per outing in 2008. Before Hernandez’s 13-12 won-lost record in 2010, no AL starter had taken the award home with fewer than 16 wins.

While individual wins, strikeout totals and earned run average are the prototypical benchmarks set for Cy Young contention, they often fail to separate individual progress from team accomplishments. Therefore, to determine which player is the most skilled, we need to find statistics that better isolate a pitcher’s performance.”

Full post at USA Today Sports here.