Brandon McCarthy: Pitcher wins and RBI “absurd”

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Dave Brown of Yahoo! Sports just posted an intriguing interview with Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy. They talk about everything from the right-hander’s experience getting hit by a line drive, his tweeting, the trade that sent him to Oakland, as well as his familiarity with some advanced stats.

His thoughts on some traditional stats, pitcher wins and RBI, caught my attention:

DB:xFIP and WAR are great, but don’t pitchers need wins to take to arbitration?

BM: Yeah, that’s the worst part about wins. It’s the same with RBIs. They are the two numbers that truly get you paid. It’s absurd. But you become conditioned to having to think about it. In the minor leagues, I don’t think organizations push it, but you get built on that because that’s what you grow up with. And then when you should be getting to a point when you realize it’s a worthless stat, now you realize that your entire financial future depends on it, that stupid number, an arbitrary cutoff point.

McCarthy is one of a very short list of players who have publicly shown an interest in Sabermetrics. Zack Greinke is another, as he utilized stats to help him win the 2009 AL Cy Young award. It is nice to hear, every now and then, that a player has taken an active role in furthering his understanding of the game.

Red Sox add Drew Pomeranz, drop Brandon Workman from the World Series roster

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The Boston Red Sox just released their World Series roster and it contains one notable change: pitcher Drew Pomeranz has made it, pitcher Brandon Workman is off.

Pomeranz did not pitch in either the ALDS or ALCS following a season in which he went 2-6 in 26 games, 11 of which were starts, with a 6.08 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 66/44 in 74 innings. That was pretty horrendous but . . . I guess he’s fresh?

Workman, meanwhile, pitched in two ALDS games and one ALCS games, going only a third of an inning each outing. He was shelled in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Sox’ only loss, allowing four runs on three hits and walking two batters. Given that outing and his lack of use in Games 2-5, it’s pretty clear that he’s lost Cora’s confidence.

Also off the World Series roster: knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been suffering from achey knees. As was the case in the ALCS, Heath Hembree will get the call over him.

Here’s the entire roster, as just released by the Red Sox: