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The Detroit Tigers pitching staff is proving that ERA does not directly translate into wins. Doug Fister has yet to win a game this season with a 3.15 ERA, and Max Scherzer is 5-3 with a 5.55 ERA.
These stats obviously indicate that how a team is batting has a great effect on a pitcher's record, but a 5.55 ERA will not win games for long.
Actually, Detroit's pitching has been quite good this season, with the exceptions of Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, both of whom are pretty big exceptions.
Porcello has posted a mediocre 4.86 ERA through June 4, and has struggled to find his rhythm from the mound.
Only the immaculate Justin Verlander is averaging above six innings-pitched per outing in 2012, leaving much to be desired as far as quality starts go for Jim Leyland and his staff.
There's no question both Scherzer and Porcello have the stuff to become effective starting pitchers for the Tigers.
Scherzer is actually averaging more strikeouts per nine innings than Verlander this year, with an astounding 11.7 Ks per nine, but his power pitching has proven to be hit-or-miss as he has the highest WHIP, hits per nine innings, and has given up the most walks and home runs for Detroit.
It's one thing to be in an early season funk, but it's another problem entirely when you haven't found your groove through 11 starts.