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Leyland Blasts Statistics Devaluing Scherzer's Season

Sep 04, 2013 10:31 AM EST

Jim Leyland is blasting statistics that could devalue Max Scherzer's outstanding season, saying that he doesn't care about "all that stat stuff."

Leyland ranted against baseball's run-support metric on Tuesday night. Scherzer entered the night with the highest run support in the Major Leagues.

"Some people could find a flaw in Bo Derek," Leyland told reporters, referring to the actress who starred in the 1979 film "10."

Scherzer leads the majors in wins and also ranks in the top three in the American League in ERA (2.88) and strikeouts (209).

"I don't believe in any of that stuff," Leyland said. "I won't listen to any of it and have no interest in talking about it. You can figure out whatever you want. My view of pitchers' stats is this: Did he give us a chance to win? If he did that on any kind of consistent basis for me, then he's a very good pitcher.

"But I also like guys that win. I'd rather have a pitcher nobody is talking about who has won 15 games than somebody everyone is raving about who has won five. I'm a baseball manager, not a statistician. I'm wasting my time talking about it."

Via ESPN

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