The team pitching recaps from the 2010 season are all linked to under the 2010 Season Recap tab. This is the tenth installment, focusing on the Purdue Boilermakers.
The Purdue Boilermakers finished the 2010 season at .500 in conference play with a 12-12 record, but had a very good 33-24 overall record. The strength of the ‘Makers was the pitching staff. I have them finishing fourth in the conference in estimated runs scored. However, their pitching staff led the conference by nine estimated runs allowed. Total that all up and I actually had Purdue as being the best team in the Big Ten in 2010.
Below are the raw numbers for the Purdue pitching staff last season.
One of the big banes of Sabermetrics is attempting to quantify team defense. There are nifty tools out there like Ultimate Zone Rating, Defensive Runs Saved, Total Zone (all three of which can be found at Fangraphs) that are the most “advanced” defensive metrics available for Major League Baseball.
However, Colin Wyers of Baseball Prospectus fame has questioned defense with a lot of logical fore-thought. The long and short of it is that the processes of the advanced metrics like UZR or John Dewan’s DRS systems aren’t necessarily the problem; it’s the data being put into it. There’s numerous biases that can enter the mix and that compounds things. Crap in, crap out, so-to-speak. If your data isn’t good, it’s almost going to ensure that there’s nothing of value that will come out of the formula.
Now, since I don’t have any database skills at all, I can’t do a plays made/not made (which is essentially Sean Smith’s Total Zone metric that you find on Baseball Reference) on an individual level like Jeff Sackmann does, but I can use B-Pro’s Def Eff formula and apply it to the Big Ten teams from 2007-2010.