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Stats for dummies: Beware the “Luck Dragon”

Jan 10, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

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Have trouble understanding Sabermetrics? Do advanced metrics make your ears bleed?

Bradley Woodrum is here to help. Woodrum, who writes about the Tampa Bay Rays at DRaysBay.com, has created a rather entertaining video explaining the statistic of Fielding Independent Pitching.

It’s 1:43 of good wholesome fun and a straightforward explanation of why the stat is a more effective measuring tool of pitchers than ERA.

The video includes a rather crude-but-accurate caricature of the much-maligned Yuniesky Betancourt (pictured), an introduction to the “Luck Dragon,” and an invitation to “punch in the face” anyone who fails to understand the concept of FIP.

Woodrum is taking suggestions for what to tackle with his next video, so hit him up over at DRaysBay.com.

You can follow Bob on Twitter, and get all your HBT updates here.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Brad Woodrum just gained another fan. His artwork is amazing! Freelance artist? I think so…

  2. IdahoMariner - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    oh my god I love this picture. Started my day off right. thanks!

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