I was checking out ML pitcher stats after looking at Wandy’s 1.64 ERA, which is #10 in the league among starting pitchers who have thrown at least 3 games and 19 innings. The league average for all pitchers (would be nice to see for just starting pitchers, which is usually higher than relievers) is 3.80. If each team had 5 designated starters, there should be 150 names, but there are only 95 guys who have thrown 3 games, 19 inning. Amazing. Anyway, of those 95, 69 have an ERA under 3.80 and only 25 have an ERA over that. Meaning that either relievers are a lot worse this year or that there are a whole lot of starters who threw fewer than 3 games or didn’t last 19 innings.
In the NL, 2 guys have ERAs under 1 (Kyle Lohse and Ted Lilly);
14 guys have ERAs between 1.0 and 1.99;
16 guys have ERAs between 2.00 and 2.99;
11 guys have ERAs between 3.0 and 3.80.
20 pitchers have ERAs between 3.81 and 7.88.
79 pitchers in the NL have started at least 3 games (would be 90 if no injuries). Every pitcher with 3 GS has managed to accrue at least 15 innings except Paul Maholm.
Every pitcher with at least 4 GS, 56 total, has managed at least 5 IP/GS except for Adam Wainwright (???!!!) Jair Jurjens (sent to minors – probably injured) and Tim Lincecum (???!!! – is quickly losing his stuff and his mechanics are waaaay different). 35 pitchers have managed at least 6 IP/GS.
Wandy, by the way, has the 3rd best ERA of all NL lefty pitchers since 2009 (per Brian McTaggart.)
Kyle Weiland has shoulder pain, is not on the DL (yet), just skipping his turn in the rotation, but fortunately, we have 3 pitchers at AAA who are pitching well:
Jordan Lyles: 4 GS, 26 IP, 24 H, 1 HR, 10 R, 4 BB, 24 K, 3.46 ERA/1.08WHIP
Dallas Keuchel: 4 GS, 27 IP, 18 H, 1 HR, 5 R, 6 BB, 13 K, 1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP
Paul Clemens: 3 GS, 17 IP, 14 H, 2 HR, 4R/3ER, 4 BB, 13 K, 1.59 ERA/1.06 WHIP
Henry Sosa is doing OK, Aneury Rod is not. Sergio Perez had 1 good start and has been turned into a reliever (too fragile)
Tags: Houston Astros