This article I just read has another spin on this same subject. Interesting to see how the same numbers can be spun for positive or negative.
What I liked about the linked article is it shows how the new system is working, and I feel it may be possible sustain some success over the long haul. Do I expect same level as first couple weeks? No, but I do think they will be much better than last year.
I am a fan of analytics, but the argument that because the FIP is higher than the ERA means it will come back to earth to me is a flawed argument. Just as saying a pitcher with a good FIP means he will have a good year. The FIP is a decent thing to look at pitchers ability to strike out players, keep walks down, and keep ball in the park, but it does not count for the other 8 guys on the field, or even the pitchers ability to field himself. This takes out a huge part of the game. I do agree a good FIP pitcher should have good numbers, but with the defense we put out last year at times even the best FIP pitchers would give up a ton of runs. Sano and Grossman at times on the corner spots with Santana in CF no pitcher will do well with that OF.