The 2011 MLB season was, in a sense, the continuation of the "Year of the Pitcher." There were many dominant performances around baseball, from Clayton Kershaw to Justin Verlander. As a whole, however, only a few teams were truly excellent in terms of team ERA.
The Braves, Padres, Giants and Phillies had the four lowest team ERAs last year, but only one of those teams made the playoffs. One can clearly see that a low ERA doesn't guarantee success. However, it is always a good indicator of how strong a team's pitching is.
Today, we'll look at each team in descending order of their 2011 ERA and project what their ERA will be this year.