Observe the Wins Above Replacement from the two most respected sources in baseball:
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Justin Masterson: 4.2
Justin Masterson: 5.1
Josh Beckett: 3.6
So, their average WAR is...
Justin Masterson 4.65
Josh Beckett 4.60
Does that translate well to a glimpse at their traditional statistics?
Josh Beckett 11-5, 2.43 ERA, 163 ip, 141 K, 0.969 WHIP
Justin Masterson 10-8, 2.83 ERA, 187 ip, 139 K, 1.212 WHIP
Masterson has had a better than 'good' season. In fact, as you'll see in our next post, he is our choice for Indians team MVP, ahead of Asdrubal Cabrera. One major difference we could see from traditional stats that would affect the advanced numbers are the difference in home runs allowed: Beckett 16; Masterson 6.
I was surprised to see Masterson ahead of Beckett in avWAR calculations. He's having a good year, but his ERA is almost half a run higher than Beckett's. Plus, when it comes to Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched, Masterson does not campare to Beckett, who's WHIP is still limbo-ing under 1.00 heading into September.
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Red Sox fans are known to complain about things from time to time. We haven't heard them complain about missing Justin Masterson very much. Maybe we should.