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The true value of FIP

Updated: June 9, 2010, 11:30 AM ET
By AJ Mass | ESPN.com

Lost in all the hoopla of Jim Joyce's call at first base during Armando Galarraga's attempt at perfection was the fact the Detroit Tigers pitcher was lucky to still have been in a position to make history. If not for Austin Jackson making a spectacular grab on Mark Grudzielanek's fly ball, the Indians would have had their first hit a couple of batters sooner, and with zero controversy.

Pitchers, in fact, have very little control over what happens once balls get put into play. Bad hops, ...

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