At Baseball Daily Digest, I wonder why Nelson Figueroa hasn’t been picked up on more Major League radars.
[…] somehow, Nelson Figueroa — who, granted, is not Cy Young — is having trouble staying in the big leagues. Figueroa has a career 4.54 ERA, including a 4.09 ERA last year with the New York Mets.
He’s an average pitcher, and average pitchers have value. A study by Jeff Sackmann at The Hardball Times over three years ago found that the average #3 starter has a 4.58 ERA. Nelson’s career ERA, again, is 4.54. The average #4’s and 5’s have ERA’s of 5.10 and 6.24 respectively.