Or just their hero, Bill James?
The 2011 Bill James Handbook is apparently out, and according to the number crunchers, the Phillies recent superstar acquisition is going to forget how to throw strikes.
Here’s the Phillies 2011 rotation performance projection (via the ZoZone):
Pitcher ERA Wins Losses Innings Walks Strikeouts
Roy Halladay 3.16 18 9 245 38 190
Roy Oswalt 3.38 16 9 221 52 176
Cole Hamels 3.45 15 9 219 58 209
Cliff Lee 3.50 14 10 216 49 169
James must not be a big fan of the Four Horseman. Probably not a fan of life away from the calculator either, but I digress…
Win/Loss projection is pointless anyway, but what’s up with Lee’s walk total? He had 18 in 2010 — which is unreal and will be very difficult to replicate — buy to say he’ll near-triple it is a major stretch. Roy Halladay had 30 and projects to 38, but now Cliff is going to walk almost 50?
The calculator crowd would be better served watching more games and juggling fewer fantasy lineups.
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