Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is so good he’s breaking advanced stats FIP — Fielding Independent Pitching — is a metric that was created in an effort to determine how successful a pitcher is while judging him only on the things he controls. It efforts to take out “defense, luck, and sequencing” by normalizing it for all pitchers.
A team with a terrible defense can give up runs that really should have been unearned, but because they don’t register errors for being a slow outfielder, those kinds of runs hurt pitchers’ ERAs.
If a pitcher has a high FIP but a low ERA, they’re benefitting from great play behind them. Nothing wrong with that, just don’t give them too much credit.If a pitcher has a high ERA but a low FIP, they’re being hurt by poor luck, poor defense, or both. They deserve better.
So far this year, Jansen has allowed 11 hits and given up three runs — two earned. He hasn’t blown a save, but he’s not perfect.
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Jansen threw ‘an immaculate inning’ versus Miami on Thursday.