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Phillies, A’s lead the way in rotations ERAs

Jun 29, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

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It should come as no surprise, but the Phillies are the one team in baseball with a rotation ERA under 3.00 halfway through the season. Here’s how the starter ERAs rank, 1-30.

1. Phillies – 2.97
2. Athletics – 3.11
3. Mariners – 3.19
4. Braves – 3.30
5. Giants – 3.35
6. Angels – 3.43
7. Padres – 3.616
8. Rays – 3.618
9. Rangers – 3.64
10. Pirates – 3.68
11. Nationals – 3.69
12. Mets – 3.81
13. Yankees – 3.83
14. White Sox – 3.857
15. Cardinals – 3.865
16. Dodgers – 3.91
17. Brewers – 3.96
18. Twins – 4.01
19. Diamondbacks – 4.02
20. Tigers – 4.06
21. Red Sox – 4.07
22. Rockies – 4.12
23. Indians – 4.21
24. Marlins – 4.31
25. Orioles – 4.38
26. Reds – 4.47
27. Blue Jays – 4.48
28. Astros – 4.59
29. Royals – 5.09
30. Cubs – 5.36

Obviously, there’s no accounting for ballpark effects or anything else there.

Those of you with long memories may recall I did an article “ranking the rotations” back in January, going strictly off my fantasy projections.  Rating the pitchers by wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts, I came up with the following top 30. I’ll present the list, compared to the current ERA rankings.

1. Phillies – 1
2. Giants – 5
3. Dodgers – 16
4. Red Sox – 21
5. Rays – 8
6. Marlins – 24
7. Brewers – 17
8. Cardinals – 15
9. Braves – 4
10. Tigers – 20
11. Angels – 6
12. Athletics – 2
13. Cubs – 30
14. Yankees – 13
15. Rockies – 22
16. White Sox – 14
17. Twins – 18
18. Reds – 26
19. Padres – 7
20. Rangers – 9
21. Mariners – 3
22. Blue Jays – 27
23. Astros – 28
24. Mets – 12
25. Diamondbacks – 19
26. Nationals – 11
27. Orioles – 25
28. Indians – 23
29. Pirates – 10
30. Royals – 29

Not too bad so far.  Had I been trying to rank them strictly on ERAs, the A’s and Padres certainly would have been higher, though not quite so high in either case.  I didn’t expect the Mariners and Pirates to be nearly as good.  The Dodgers and Red Sox have disappointed, but they were ranked higher for non-ERA reasons (the Dodgers because of their quality WHIPs and strikeout rates, the Red Sox because I expected the starters to win a heck of a lot of games).

  1. MightyMoonWorm - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    4. Red Sox – 21

    Beautiful

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      It’s true, but along with being 21st in ERA, they’re third in wins, 10th in WHIP and 12th in strikeout rate. So, for what I was actually trying to project, they’d rank 10th-12th right now.

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    One more little list, courtesy of B-Ref. Seven teams are getting quality starts at least 60 percent of the time:

    68 – Phillies
    64 – Mariners
    63 – Giants
    62 – Braves, Angels
    61 – Athletics, Rangers

    Five are getting them less than half of the time

    36 – Cubs
    44 – Royals
    45 – Orioles
    48 – Astros
    49 – Rockies

  3. hittfamily - Jun 29, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    4 AL west teams in the top 9. Is it because they have the best pitching staffs, or the weakest hitting division in baseball. I mean seriously, have the Mariners or Athletics had an extra base hit yet this season. Adjust that thing for schedule, and the Rays are vying for best in the AL.

    • raiderdave - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:18 AM

      As an A’s fan, I tend to agree with you overall on that statement. While good pitching often nullifies good hitting, these teams aren’t hitting for squat outside of the division either. There’s a reason that the difference between first place and last place is only seven games (the least in any division in the MLB). Outside of fans of the 4 teams in the division, can anyone regularly even name a player on these teams not named Josh Hamilton?

      While it is very tough to be as poor offensively (aside from Texas), it is quite the anomaly. Good thing these teams at least have the pitching to compete with each other…

  4. frankbullit - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Speaks volumes for their starting pitching(A’s and Phils), considering how bad the bullpens are for both teams…

    • xmatt0926x - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      How bad the bullpens are? Is the Phillies bullpen bad? The C-squad may suck but the A-squad guys that pitch in meaningful moments is just fine.

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:20 PM

        **meant to say ARE just fine.

      • frankbullit - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM

        xmatt0926x,

        Your right, they’ve blown so few saves, but I wouldn’t put my money on those guys in a postseason series. During the 9th inning the ESPN cameras flashed to Lidge in the dugout and mentioned how he’ll be up and throwing soon… Being a Phillies fan, I didn’t know if should be looking forward to it or not.

  5. paulbrownsrevenge - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Does anyone else think Baseball is a weak sport. Any sport where you play almost 200 games isn’t really a sport, it’s an activity. Baseball is America’s past time, and Football is the present. How long until Baseball becomes obsolete like horse racing and boxing? Anytime I try to watch a Baseball game, i see a bunch of overpaid “athletes” standing around, adjusting their jocks, wristbands, gloves and hat. Any sport wear the coach wears a uniform isn’t a real sport. All of this while the other team stands around in a dugout doing nothing. It’s a slow boring game for boring people. Stadiums are empty, and it’s time to move on. Put Pete Rose in the HOF and close the doors.

    • pauleee - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

      Then what in the fuck are you doing here?

      • xmatt0926x - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

        Is it a slow and boring game or are you just the typical dumbed-down person of today’s society that rips on movies where there are not 50 explosions and god forbid there may be some dialogue that you have to follow? You need instant gratification and that’s fine for people like you. Some people can follow a game that has a more cerebral approach though. To each his own. Let me know how the next episode of Jersey Shore turns out.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      Wear is different than where.

  6. adenzeno - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Take the same number of baseball players and football players and play each other in both sports. See who plays the other sport better..Baseball is so much better and more difficult than the other sports that it defies description.

    • slopmcflop - Jun 30, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      Uhm, I’m not so sure about this. Yes, baseball is great, and paulbrownsrevenge just made an ass of himself with that post, but I really think football players would perform better in a cross sport challenge.

      Most baseball players would get destroyed in football (the strength and size difference is ridiculous) and many position players in football played baseball in high school/college as well.

      I know this goes both ways, with many multi sport players choosing baseball over football, but I have to believe football players would be more comfortable playing baseball than baseball players would be playing football.

      Still, both sports are great in their own way and deserve to be the top two sports in the nation. If we were honest about it, each league would probably get annihilated playing the other sport. No need for comparison, really.

  7. meyerwolf - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    I gave Paul a thumbs up. Hilarious comment.

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