Rotation Dominance

Remember in spring training when everybody was wondering if the Phillies’ rotation could be one of the best of all time? I blogged some statistics yesterday that showed they’ve been arguably the most dominating single-season rotation over the past 40 seasons. Here’s more to consider:

Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA, 220 strikeouts), Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA, 238 strikeouts) and Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79, 194 strikeouts) combined to go 50-23 with a 2.51 ERA and 652 strikeouts in 682.1 innings.

They also compiled an arrangement of numbers no starting trio had assembled in the modern era of baseball.

Entering this season, five teams since 1901 had two of its starting pitchers throw 200 innings, average at least eight strikeouts per nine innings and finish the season with an ERA+ of at least 130. Halladay, Lee and Hamels all surpassed these thresholds in 2011. The six teams to feature two (or three) pitchers with 200-plus innings, a strikeout rate of at least eight batters per nine innings and an ERA+ of at least 130 are:

  •  1968 Indians: Sam McDowell and Luis Tiant
  • 2000 Dodgers: Kevin Brown and Chan Ho Park
  • 2001 Diamondbacks: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling
  • 2002 Diamondbacks: Johnson and Schilling
  • 2003 Cubs: Mark Prior and Kerry Wood
  • 2011 Phillies: Halladay, Hamels and Lee

For those folks unaware, ERA+ is ERA measured against the league average and adjusted for ballpark factors, according to Hardball Times. An ERA+ over 100 is better than average, an ERA+ less than 100 is below average. An ERA+ of 125, for example, means the league ERA was 25% higher than the pitcher’s ERA (which means that the pitcher’s ERA was 80% of the league ERA).

Just know Halladay, Lee and Hamels lived up to the hype.

11 Comments

interesting, but how many of those teams won the World Series? That is all that matters.

The 2001 Diamondbacks did. It’s hard to win the World Series. We all know that. Let’s try and enjoy the ride.

Also, the 2003 Cubs probably would have too, if not for, wait for it, wait for it, Alex Gonzalez.

@kiplucas: Thank you for remembering the REAL culprit of the Cubs collapse.

Awesome statistics Todd:
“Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA, 220 strikeouts), Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA, 238 strikeouts) and Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79, 194 strikeouts) combined to go 50-23 with a 2.51 ERA and 652 strikeouts in 682.1 innings. ”

Go Phillies!

The Phillies have the best rotation in baseball in 2011 no doubt. I was disappointed we didn’t have a 20-game winner or two in that rotation and that can be traced back to the offense that wasn’t able to win some games that we should have.

102 wins aren’t bad though, in fact it’s a brand new Phillies record. Let’s see if this group can carry their success into the playoffs.

some general info about our pitching this year:
the starters went 76-42 the bull pen went 26-18
the ERA of our starters when the team won was: Doc-1.86, Lee-1.32, Hammels-1.91, Oswalt-1.87, Worley-2.40
Their ERAs when we lost was: 3.95, 5.34, 4.33, 5.67, 5.40
Without a doubt this team depends on the rotation.

As per your stats Todd, Hamels had 194 strike outs, you said, “Halladay, Lee and Hamels all surpassed these thresholds in 2011.” That threshold you were talking about, weren’t you saying 200 strikeouts?

the thresholds Todd was talking about were, “throw 200 innings, average at least eight strikeouts per nine innings and finish the season with an ERA+ of at least 130.”

Helps to read the article Gyang

wow yeah… my bad.

lol-great win, huh?

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