Re: Starting Pitching Still Doing Its Job
posted at 6/24/2013 7:58 PM EDT
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Tell Pumpise this. He says our pitching is the reason we wont make the playoffs.
It is the reason we won't have much chance of winning a ring. Overall our pitching now ranks SEVENTH in the AL, not good enough to seriously compete for ring. There is a better chance of making the playoffs because of our offense, but I can't see it compensating for a mediocre pitching staff whose team ERA continues to increase.
Pay attention. It's not the rotation. It's the bullpen that's causing the ERA to rise. There's no doubt that Lester needs to get back on track and Buchholz needs to stay healthy. But the problem with the pitching staff right now is the bullpen, not the starters.
You pay attention. I never identified which segment of our pitching is the major culprit in my post, did I? Of course the pen has been worse. They rank #12 in the AL. Our starters, thanks to a very good start, are better. When you look at who wins rings its generally the teams with very good pitching, and we don't have it. Its not even debateable. The numbers PROVE it. We are mediocre right now and sinking. Its the OVERALL ERA that I used in the Middlebrooks thread here to show that the average ranking in terms of ERA of teams that won a ring since 1990 is 3.86. We are SEVENTH overall. There have been only FOUR teams that won a ring with seventh ranked pitching or worse since 1990. Can we do it? Sure. But don't bet on it.
PS: here is another sobering fact: in April our team had an ERA of 3.58, good for a ranking of fourth; in May the ERA increased to 4.00, seventh in the AL; and in June the ERA continued to increase to 4.16, tenth in the AL. So our pitching is now mediocre and getting worse. Thats what the numbers say, whatever the reason is.