Strategy from the coach is different when it comes to a pitching rotation during the season and in the postseason. Yeah, baseball is primarily about the numbers, stats, and percentages. For example, how well does a pitcher pitch against left and right-handers? How well do they pitch against specific teams? It is so percentage driven it almost appears superstitious.
Game five of the Astros and Phillies World series was just that.
When you look at Justin Verlander, he dominated the season with an ERA of 1.75, finishing the season at 18 -4 with 185 strikeouts and 29 walks.
In his postseason, he started game 5 with a record of 1-0, pitching a 5.85 ERA with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He got slapped around a bit in Game 1 by giving up five runs on six hits in just five innings. But in game 5, he turned the tables around and gave up just one run, four hits, and four walks in five innings. In addition, he struck out six batters. He lowered his ERA to 5.63 after the win and handed a loss to Noah Syndergaard.
On the other hand, Noah had a 10-10 record with a 3.95 ERA during the season with 31 strikeouts and nine walks. However, in the postseason, he pitched a 3.24 ERA accumulating eight strikeouts and one walk.
In Game 5, Noah got bullied by the Astro’s bats. Jeremy Pena hit an RBI single to score Altuve securing second base after hitting a double. Noah created damage control by allowing just one run in the first inning. But the bat of Pena was the demise of Noah. Pena slammed a fourth-inning solo shot, and it was goodnight Syndergaard. Sounds like a fairy tale. Noah was only scheduled to pitch about four innings.
WHIP stands for walks (W) and hits (H) divided by innings pitched (IP). So, for example, pitchers need outs and to keep the runners off the bases at home plate throughout the innings. That is how you calculate and receive a lower WHIP score.
When you look and compare the ERA of both pitchers, Justin is superiorly better than Noah. However, if you look at the WHIP of both pitchers, their stats are much better and equal.
For example, Justin Verlander has a .83 WHIP, and Noah Syndergaard has a 1.25 WHIP. Anything below one is excellent, and anything between 1 and 1.20 is very good. So, you can see why Verlander got the start.
WHIP is the most accurate way to measure a pitcher’s performance. And it came in handy for game Game 5 of the World Series.