The Philadelphia Phillies are finishing this season in last place primarily because of poor starting pitching.
Cole Hamels did have a wonderful season and Cliff Lee was on his way to a solid year before going down with an elbow injury at the end of July. Outside of their two horses the starting staff has given almost nothing to Ryne Sandberg.
Philly is the first MLB team since 2012 with two pitchers making 30 starts and finishing with an ERA+ of less than 85.
Year Lg Tm #Matching 2014 NL Philadelphia Phillies 2 A.J. Burnett / Kyle Kendrick 2012 AL Cleveland Indians 2 Ubaldo Jimenez / Justin Masterson 2012 AL Kansas City Royals 2 Bruce Chen / Luke Hochevar 2012 NL San Francisco Giants 2 Tim Lincecum / Barry Zito 2011 NL New York Mets 2 Chris Capuano / Mike Pelfrey
We have the compiled first-half 2013 stats of two NL starting pitchers:
A – 18 Starts, 113 IP, 107 SO, 33 BB, 13 HR
B – 18 Starts, 118 IP, 116 SO, 33 BB, 12 HR
These pitcher influenced outcomes (strikeouts, walks & home-runs) show both guys to have been equally valuable this year.
Now let’s look at two other stats:
A – 3 Wins, 11 Losses
B – 9 Wins, 5 Losses
How do we gain any meaningful information from Wins and Losses? Is pitcher A having as bad a year as his W/L record indicates? Is pitcher B 6 wins better than A? Of course not.
So, can you guess these two pitchers?