1-Winning still is the name of the game
2-Pitchers pitch to situations – e.g., you are not going to be worried about giving up a few runs when your team has you ahead. Thus, you would expect CC’s ERA to be a little higher.
3-CC pitches ½ his games in hitter friendly Yankee stadium while Felix pitches ½ his games in one of the best pitcher’s parks in baseball. Felix was 5-8 with a 2.46 on the road this year. CC was 11-2 at home with a 3.00 ERA.
4-CC pitches in the toughest division in baseball, Felix arguably in the worst.
5-The less runs the Yanks score, the lower CC’s ERA –
0-2 Runs support – 3.60
3-5 runs support – 2.85
+6 runs support – 3.23
Proves point #2 above.
6- The less runs Seattle scores, the worse Felix pitches
0-2 runs support – 2.84
3-5 runs support – 2.05
6+ runs support – 0.76
The major difference between these 2 great pitchers is that CC is a winner and Felix still needs to learn how to win. Great pitchers pitch better when their team scores less runs to keep them in the game.
Conclusion: Felix may win Fantasy baseball pitcher of the year but CC should get Cy Young.