Willie’s 2020 season got me thinking – how many times in history has a starting pitcher thrown at least 200 innings, and had a WHIP of 1.00 or below? And, given what Fangraphs has to say about WHIP, how do each of those pitcher’s OBP-against compare across those seasons?
Inside are simulated seasons of 4 players (courtesy of OOTP16). Each data set shows the 1-2 starting pitcher combinations for division rivals. On the left are 24 wins with 396 strikeout, and on the right are 27 wins 412 strikeouts. The left pair accumulated 8.5 WAR. The right duo accrued 10 WAR. The left pitchers pitch a ballpark with a .845 ballpark factor, while the right pitchers throw at a field with a 1.062 ballpark factor (anything above 1 favors hitters, under favors pitchers).
Which pair do you want?
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If you were the GM of your favorite team, who would you rather sign this offseason?