Kirk Rueter has long frustrated opposing hitters by keeping runs off the board with a combination of slop, guts, and guile. He's long frustrated analysts for much the same reason. As you've heard people like Rob Neyer and Bill James state many times before, ERA is not the best predictor of a pitcher's performance going forward. Rather, it's his peripheral numbers -- particularly his strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed -- that matter most.
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