2020 MLB Draft Guide: Are ERA and WHIP Antiquated Stats?
ERA and WHIP are commonly used categories in fantasy baseball, but aren't these statistics considered outdated? Ivar Anderson has the answer on what to do.
"Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'" Mark Twain, Chapters from My Autobiography
Way back when the first fantasy baseball league, the Rotisserie Baseball League, was established in 1980 in New York, New York, the owners relied on ERA and WHIP as two of the four fundamental statistical categories used to evaluate pitching performance (along with wins and saves). Since those early days of roto fantasy baseball, those ratio stats have formed an important basis for the evaluation of pitchers to draft and pick up off the waiver wire when putting together an owner’s roster. While the “standard” fantasy league now employs a 5x5 format (with strikeouts being added as an additional counting stat), there is a growing albeit marginal at present impetus to substitute some other stat category...