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Joel Hanrahan and peripheral stats

Joel Hanrahan and peripheral stats

When the Pirates acquired Joel Hanrahan from the Nationals, I immediately noticed the huge discrepancy between his peripherals and his unsightly 7.71 ERA. Hanrahan struck out 35 batters, walked 14, and allowed three home runs in his 32.2 inning with Washington this year. That comes out to a FIP of 3.60, more than four runs lower than his actual ERA. I immediately liked the acquisition, as it seemed obvious that Hanrahan's absurd .451 opponent's BABIP was dramatically damaging his numbers. Superficial improvement seemed imminent, regardless of any authentic progress being present.
Fast forward to today, August 28. Hanrahan has thrown 19.2 innings for the Pirates, with an impressive 25 strikeouts, a less impressive 11 walks, and zero home runs allowed. His FIP with Pittsburgh is 2.37, and his ERA is a much improved 2.75. The walks are concerning, as the one knock on Hanrahan has always been poor control. Even with the excellent strikeout rates, he will need to focus on limiting his walk...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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