Lester And Sabathia Have Equal ERA+, Bon Jovi Bet Deadlocked

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We've made the first turn of the 2009 season and while there are many interesting stories vying for our attention and bandwidth, you best believe that one unique WoW storyline I've had my eye on is the ERA+ battle between Jon Lester and CC Sabathia. I really really really don't want to be on YouTube singing Bon Jovi for eternity. Either fortunately or unfortunately based on your feelings about duets, both guys have equal ERA+. 99 y'alll!

Yes, 99. Just one tick below the median. But according to our friend Brian MacPherson over at One If By Land, further investigation into Lester's numbers may indicate a sharp upward turn in that ERA+ soon.

But if you consider the company in which his early-season strikeout numbers leave him, you have to believe he's well on his way to better days. Tomorrow's Union Leader story will reference an elite group of pitchers -- nine in total -- who have a K/BB ratio of 3.0 or better and a K/9IP ratio of 9.0 or better. That means they're striking out more than a batter an inning and still striking out more than three times as many hitters as they're walking. Here's the group:

* Zack Grienke, 0.40 ERA

* Johan Santana, 1.10 ERA

* Dan Haren, 1.47 ERA

* Erik Bedard, 2.61 ERA

(How come no one's talking about the start Bedard has had for the Mariners so far this season?)

* Tim Lincecum, 3.16 ERA

* Felix Hernandez, 3.38 ERA

* Javier Vazquez, 4.19 ERA

* Jon Lester, 5.11 ERA

* Justin Verlander, 5.66 ERA

A pretty compelling stat and a pretty good list to be on. The baserunners seem to be coming in clumps for Lester and he's given up a handful of big innings. Spreading that out will bring down those ERs allowed.

Using this metric, Carsten Charles is significantly lagging behind Lester at this admittedly early stage. Dude is rocking a mere 1.6 K/BB ratio and his current WHIP would be the highest of his career. He's a notoriously slow starter, but striking out 5.5 per 9 isn't exactly what the Yankees signed him for. But hey, they can do whatever they want with their money. It's their life.

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I bet those hipsters in that picture are totally riding fixies.

I love it when Kris pretends to know what stats mean. Sabathia still has a lower ERA and has given up just two tater tots to Lester's bloated seven.

Warm up those vocal chords, Chachi. I'm Clooney.

I like 99, but prefer 69.

/high five
//feels shame

Dave Bush also currently sports a 99 ERA+. Who's riding that pony?


It's a shame we didn't bet on ERA or HRs allowed. Fall down a well.

If its tied at the end of the year, you should do a duet. I imagine it will look and sound like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPxZ39nNj9A

I want to hear you two do "Summer Lovin'"

No way, man. If they tie and a duet must be sung, it's gotta be either "I Got You, Babe" or "You Don't Bring Me Flowers".

If Rob and Kris did a duet it would be "You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore" by Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand.

EdBerger, get the fuck out of my head.

So apparently, UU and I are on the same page here. Let's make it happen, people!

@UU - It was an accident, I swear!

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