Atlanta Braves Arbitration Case Against Jair Jurrjens

A St. Johns student attempts to play the Braves as he makes the case for the team's mythical arbitration number versus the arbitration number the player, Jair Jurrjens, would purportedly submit. It's an interesting rebuke of Jurrjens, and uses all sorts of advanced metrics and targeted statistics. It would be interesting to know if this is how the Braves would approach an arbitration case with Jurrjens -- especially if they use all these advanced statistics. Here is my favorite line, and a very interesting stat to pull out of the hat:

The Braves average home attendance in 2010 was 30,989 people, good for 13th in Major League Baseball. However, in games that Mr.Jurrjens started, that average number dropped to 26,794, 4,195 people less than average. Therefore, Mr. Jurrjens should not be credited with helping his team make the playoffs or boosting their attendance in 2010.

"That's right! No one came to see you, punk!" Jurrjens could have had the misfortune of pitching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays a lot rather than the weekend. If I was Jurrjens' agent I would counter with the fact that Kenshin Kawakami averaged 31,341 in home attendance in games he started, and we KNOW people weren't showing up to see him pitch.

Still, interesting read.

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