Hey, kids, guess what? Do you know why the Astros can't get rid of catcher Brad Ausmus? Simple: he's got a great catcher ERA. Catcher ERA is some kind of stupid-ass stat that is essentially a team ERA -- it's the ERA for all of the pitchers for the innings that Ausmus has caught. Supposedly, according to the Houston Chronicle, Ausmus's catcher ERA since 2001 is 3.75. The ERA for the other team catchers is 4.65.
Yeah, that's nearly a run a game. And yeah, it looks really really good. But, here's the catch. Since 2001, Ausmus has primarily caught Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt, and Andy Pettitte. Those three guys have been the team aces. He hasn't been spending time catching Wandy Rodriguez. Let's see what his stupid catcher ERA is if he was to spend the season catching Wandy Rodriguez and Fernando Nieve.
And, by this stat, one of the greatest catchers ever has to have been the immortal Eddie Perez -- for those who don't remember Perez, he was, for awhile Greg Maddux's personal catcher in Atlanta. And we all know what Maddux's ERA was like in those years.
Okay, I got that out of my system.