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The Phillies Pitching Problem

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


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Pitcher Wins Prove Meaningless, Again

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?

A is Phillies lefty Cole Hamels and B is Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.