Sean Forman over at Baseball Reference has developed a neat, new feature that will allow bloggers like myself (and half of you who are reading this) to embed B-R.com stats into our high-falutin' writin'. It's a free service and all they want us to do in return is include an attribution link. Sounds like a plan.
To demonstrate, I'll post a statistical comparison of two pitchers that is being very closely watched by the proprietors of this blog.
First, CC Sabathia:
Year Tm Lg W L ERA IP ERA+ 2009 NYY AL 16 7 3.48 199.1 129
Next, Jon Lester:
So, despite having an ERA a full tenth of a point below Lester's, Sabathia's ERA+ is not quite as good because Lester pitches half his games in a freakin' bandbox, while Sabathia dominates in a home park that comes out to be perfectly average for scoring. With one month to go before the season ends, both pitchers will have five or six more opportunities to rectify the difference and put my man on top.