The Globe this morning, on the Sox picking up Wakefield’s extension:
He went 7-11 with a 4.63 ERA in 23 starts, his won-lost record mitigated only partially by the fact that the club scored just six runs while he was on the mound in his 11 defeats.
"Mitigated only partially"? In Wakefield’s 23 starts, he gave up more than four runs, earned or unearned, just five times. Two of those were in the first two starts after returning from the disabled list. He lasted fewer than six innings just seven times — three of which were immediately before his DL stint and two immediately after.
Wakefield was just as good this year as he was any other year (except maybe 1995, when he was unreal) until the stress fracture. He simply received no run support — losing four games in which he threw a quality start (those four wins would have exactly reversed his record) Stats are readily available to reporters like Gordon Edes. Maybe they should use them sometimes.