Monday, May 13, 2013

Murphy's Law

Brag on the starting pitching, and they flop over the weekend. The good news is that the Braves will be adding an all-star caliber starting pitcher to the rotation in June. It's always tough to say the team is doing bad after they've played a series on the road against a team that went to the World Series last year. This weekend the Braves offense scored 4 runs. That's why they lost.

The Braves were in the top 2 in four key pitching statistics, and 3rd in Quality Starts…

2012           2013
3.42 (4th)   3.29 (2nd)   ERA
1.227 (2nd) 1.168 (1st) WHIP
49% (12th)  62% (3rd)   Quality Starts
5th              2nd            Fewest Walks per 9 innings
5.9 (10th)   6.2 (2nd)     Innings Pitched/Game Started

Who has good starting pitching? The Giants, for sure. The big-spending Dodgers keep putting pitchers on the DL, as do the Phillies.  After winning on Opening Day, Stephen Strasburg lost his next FOUR decisions.

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