WHIP it good ... statistically

If baseball is all about statistics, which ones really matter? Those who interpret them, some for a living, tell us.

Originally Published: January 21, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

Yes, we know. When you talk about statistics, you can't find one more important than team wins.

But when you get right down to it, wins are the destination. The trick is knowing what statistical roads lead to them most directly. That's where it gets interesting.


Every executive has his own allegiances, whether to on-base percentage (Billy Beane), RBI (Omar Minaya) or opponents' batting average (Joe Garagiola Jr.). And every statistical analyst, from Pete Palmer to ...

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