The draft, Moyer
My column this week in the PI is on this year’s draft, and probably should have just been written by Dave.
Moore writes about Moyer’s attempt to come back which attempts to put part of the blame on Questec.
More than most pitchers, Moyer is hurt by QuesTec, a computerized monitoring system in use at selected ballparks. Though Safeco Field is not one of them, umpires’ strike zones are affected everywhere by the system, entering its third year.
Here’s a thought, Moore: perhaps you could actually look up Moyer’s splits and figure out if he was significantly better or worse in Questec parks.
Tropicana Field 7.11 ERA in 6 IP
Jacobs Field 1.29 ERA in 7 IP
Edison Field 4.50 ERA in 6 IP
Network Associates Coliseum 5.29 ERA in 17 IP
Yankee Stadium 10.13 in 5.1 IP
(no stats: BOB, Fenway, Miller, Minute Maid, Shea)
That’s about an even 5 ERA for his time in those parks.
Which– whoops, it’s lower than his season total.
How hard is that to check? Really. There’s another point here about there being different strike zones, which has been refuted elsewhere — aaaaaaand update, I’ve got the URL.
The numbers above suggest that 0.21 percent of pitches are called differently between QuesTec games and non-QuesTec games. That works out to about one altered pitch call per 475 pitches thrown — roughly one every other game. Using the strict standards that are favored by the scientific community, the differences above cannot be said to be statistically significant.
The article’s here. Note that there are umps who call more strikes in Questec parks, which would be to Moyer’s advantage. At that point, though, you’re looking at other factors potentially having a much greater affect on the lines than Questec would, and those should be taken with a huuuge amount of skepticism. Any ump, like any pitcher, could show dramatic variations in their calls given any 10-stadium selection for splits.