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Ross Ohlendorf beats Pirates in arbitration hearing to match his 2010 win total

Feb 9, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

Ross Ohlendorf

In the first arbitration hearing of the year Ross Ohlendorf has defeated the Pirates, meaning the 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.025 million this season rather than the $1.4 million figure submitted by the team.

Ohlendorf won the case despite going 1-11 in 21 starts last season, which means he already has as many victories in 2011 as he had in all of 2010. Sort of.

With a 4.07 ERA in 108 innings (and a 3.92 ERA in 177 innings in 2009) he pitched much better than his ugly win-loss record suggests, so it’s interesting that Ohlendorf came out on top in a situation where rulings often come from people not particularly well-versed in modern baseball analysis.

Perhaps the Princeton graduate made a compelling case for himself or at least a compelling case against the importance of win-loss records for pitchers. Either way, it’s a victory for … well, not caring about victories.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Ross Ohlendorf is a burrito.

  2. Panda Claus - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    He can thank Kevin Millwood, along with his four wins and $12M 2010 salary for this one. Doesn’t look good for the teams on the other 11 players if a one-win guy wins his case right out of the box. Time to settle those cases guys.

  3. phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    1-11? a few more wins and he would have been a Cy young contender

    • Ace - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Check this out: Phil Hughes In 2010: 18-8, 4.19 ERA. I know you’re still smarting about CC, but it’s time to let it go.

      • phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        Im not upset about CC. Price should have won it. maybe even Lester. but certainly not Felix. w/e

    • BC - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      Wins don’t matter any more.

      • Reflex - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        Correction: Wins as a metric for pitching performance do not matter anymore. They matter plenty as a team metric, in fact at the end of the day they are the only metric that matters for a team.

        For a pitcher? No. Nor should they.

      • spudchukar - Feb 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        They should matter some. Give me a pitcher who consistently gives up 3-4 runs every outing, insuring his team of a chance to win, over a guy who is superb in one outing, marginal in the next and then implodes. Same overall ERA, OBA and WHIP but in 10 outings pitcher #1 is 7-3, while #2 is 5-5.

      • Ace - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

        Yes, a good point, Spudchukar. Quality Start Percentage is a decent metric to measure that. And what the hell, since you brought him up again in your other comment down below: Hughes and Ohlendorf had identical Quality Start Percentages of 52% last season. Weird. (I really don’t mean to single out Hughes and pick on him, I just think this is sort of fascinating.)

  4. missthemexpos - Feb 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    That one victory was worth $600,000 to Ohlendorf. I think that at 0-12, the Pirates would win the case with their 1.4 million offer, regardless the ERA, because as ugly as 1-12 looks, a big goose egg looks even worse.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    That one victory was against the Phillies on July 4th weekend…it was his first win in over a year and it was one day after Daniel McCutchen ALSO got his first win in over a year…against the Phillies as well. What a crappy July 4th weekend that was.

    • phukyouk - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

      LMAO! the only thing i remember about July 4 weekend was Gardner hitting an inside the park HR and Thames walking off in the 9th.

  6. spudchukar - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    If Hughes pitched like he did for the Pinstripes, but played for the Buccos, something tells me he would have a similar W-L record to Ohlendorf’s.

    • kiwicricket - Feb 9, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      If Ohlendorf pitched like he did for any other team, he would probably be making 6-8 million? (12Million with the Mets)

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