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    Game Scores (GmSc)

    Why does Bill James include unearned runs in his Game Score (GmSc) formula? On the whole, how useful/effective is this metric in evaluating pitching (can either be James', or the revamped FanGraphs version)?

    Jon Lester's last start -- which included 3 earned runs over 7 innings -- resulted in a 41 (James'). Pretty interesting, I think.

    And I've heard there's a GmSc formula for hitting -- anyone familiar with it?

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    I don't think the stat is supposed to be viewed as a skill statistic, but rather a results statistic.

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    Highest Game Score since 1961 is 116, when Dean Chance on 6/6/64

    14 IP, 2 BB, 3 H, 12 K

    There is a game score for hitters, but I can't find anything really on it.

    Highest since World War II is Vern Law on 7/19/55, 18 innings 9 hits, 1 ER, 2 Runs allowed, 12 K, 2BB, 1 HR

    He got a 118

    He faced 64 batters, and only gave up two extra base hits (a double and a homer)

    The highest Game Score in 9 innings is Wood's 1998, 20 K game.
    Last edited by Jeffy25; 06-24-2012 at 10:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    Highest Game Score since 1961 is 116, when Dean Chance on 6/6/64

    14 IP, 2 BB, 3 H, 12 K

    There is a game score for hitters, but I can't find anything really on it.

    Highest since World War II is Vern Law on 7/19/55, 18 innings 9 hits, 1 ER, 2 Runs allowed, 12 K, 2BB, 1 HR

    He got a 118

    He faced 64 batters, and only gave up two extra base hits (a double and a homer)

    The highest Game Score in 9 innings is Wood's 1998, 20 K game.
    Do you know what James includes unearned runs in the formula?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elements1985 View Post
    Do you know what James includes unearned runs in the formula?
    Are you asking if I know that he does include it, or are you asking me why he includes it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    Are you asking if I know that he does include it, or are you asking me why he includes it?
    My bad: WHY James includes unearned runs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by elements1985 View Post
    My bad: WHY James includes unearned runs....
    Because it isn't a skill stat, it's a results based statistic.

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