Okay, before I explain this one, I will be the first to admit that I am being totally picky. It's easy to become spoiled when you have Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels headlining your starting rotation.
As good as those three guys are, though, is as bad as the 5th starter has been this season. For a while, it was Joe Blanton, who used his first month back from an abdominal injury as extended spring training. Unfortunately, he was pitching in Philadelphia instead of Clearwater at the time.
As Blanton finally began to resemble his six-innings, three earned runs self, Kyle Kendrick started to resort to his five innings, five runs self.
In the end, the combined stats of these two pitchers feature and ERA in the range of 5.00 and an opponents' batting average of .300.
Let's all be thankful for the shortened rotation of the postseason.