Bill Madden makes so many preposterous arguments in this screed about Wins Above Replacement and a couple of interesting awards (A.L. MVP and N.L. Cy Young) this season that I wouldn't even know where to start.
Well, I would, actually. I would start at the beginning. But that would take me a few thousand words. But while there was a time when such an endeavor might actually do some good, I'm afraid at this point that if someone still clings to the old ways, he always will. Which means ripping Bill Madden at length would be merely fun rather than educational. And so I'm going to pass, this time anyway.
I do want to mention one of Madden's specific points, though, because I'm not sure it's been sufficiently explored over all these long years of sabermetric meanderings ...
With one more start, Dickey conceivably could win the Triple Crown of pitching, but the very fact he’s this close to it ought to be case enough for him. Dickey’s 4.11 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is also fourth in the majors. But, of course, the one stat that should separate him from all of the rest is his 20 wins for a team that was 11 games under .500 heading into Saturday night's game in Atlanta, giving him 28% of the Mets’ wins. The last two pitchers to win 20 games for under-.500 teams were Brad Radke, who won 20 games for the 68-94 Twins, accounting for 29% of Minnesota’s wins and Roger Clemens, who accounted for 28% of the last-place 76-86 Toronto Blue Jays’ wins in 1997 in winning both the Triple Crown of pitching and the Cy Young.