Statman Crothers is the first paid consultant of FenwayNation. Crothers honed his statistical skills while working as a night watchman at the NECCO wafer factory in Cambridge. He reports from his Mom's basement in Ennui, Kansas.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
How Does Hanrahan Meaure Up With Statman?
With the acquisition of soon-to-be Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan, my bosses at FenwayNation have asked me to perform my statistical wizardry on the newcomer. First, I applied my best proprietary measure of pitching effectiveness to Hanrahan's career stats. The measure in question is, of course, CRAP (Crothers Reduction Above Pitching). Essentially, the formula takes into account: innings pitched, hits allowed, and the frequency of rosin bag application to the pitching hand. Using this formulation, we arrived at a CRAP score of 100.53. The average for all relief pitchers in 2012 was 73.76. Thus, Hanrahan comes in with a CRAPS Above Replacements (CRAP-AR) score of 26.77—which means that...uh, we're not exactly sure what that means, but we'll get back to you.