I have been following the Braves and Orioles pitching this year with great interest, for obvious reasons. Neither pitching staff is doing all that well, but it’s still very early in the season. If you are interested in monitoring the progress of the staffs over the season, I present The Mazzone Meter.
With the help of Doug Drinen and Sean Forman—by help, I mean they pretty much did all of the work—this little script will automatically update the pitching statistics of the Braves and O’s every day. Right now, it just presents ERA, but I may add some other stats soon. It will stay on the right sidebar.
I should also mention a few things to help with the interpretation of the “Mazzone Effect.” I think there is very little chance that the O’s will finish the season with an ERA lower than the Braves, because the O’s play in the AL and their pitching staff is less talented than the Braves. Keep in mind, this is just for fun. I’m rooting for both staffs to do well. And it’s possible that the results from an entire season of play won’t tell us that much, even if the stats for both teams differ considerably. One season of play is still a small sample.