For anyone who still uses wins and losses as the main frame of reference to judge the quality of a pitcher, may I present Tim Lincecum.
Yesterday he threw a complete game shutout where he let up 3 hits and no walks. And nobody was stunned by that performance.
He averages 7 innings a start, the league is hitting .202 against him. He has logged more than a strikeout per inning and his ERA is 2.06.
I did not throw a single new fangled stat.
Logging tons of innings. Striking out tons of batters. Keeping the opposition from getting his and giving up very few runs.
His record is 4-4.
I am sure there is someone out there who would see his record and say “Man, he’s off to a mediocre start.”