2011 MLB Pitching Rotation Rankings *UPDATED*

Ryan WolcottContributor IIJanuary 18, 2011

2011 MLB Pitching Rotation Rankings *UPDATED*

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    The 2010-2011 MLB offseason has seen many changes in the locations of starting pitchers, and pitchers in general.

    This week, we learned that the all-time save record holder, Trevor Hoffman, decided to retire. Cliff Lee left a large amount of money on the table to rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies, making himself a teammate of the 2010 NL Cy Young Award winner and creating the best pitching rotation that baseball has seen in at least a decade.

    Andy Pettitte's retirement is still pending. Zack Greinke was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Garza was traded to the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Webb signed with the Texas Rangers. Javier Vazquez was signed by the Florida Marlins, and Jon Garland was signed by the LA Dodgers.

    These are among the highlights of the pitcher changes this offseason.

    This article will cover how each team's pitching looked last year statistically. The article will show the present rotations for each of the teams and how each pitcher in their rotation performed last year statistically to see how those pitchers may perform this coming year.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    2010 Team Stats

    5.00 ERA, 57-105 Record, 1026 K's, 538 Walks, 1.49 WHIP, 1.91 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Paul Maholm: 9-15 Record, 5.10 ERA, 102 K's, 62 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.65 K/BB

    Ross Ohlendorf: 1-11 Record, 4.07 ERA, 79 K's, 44 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

    Charlie Morton: 2-12 Record, 7.57 ERA, 59 K's, 26 Walks, 1.73 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

    James McDonald: 4-6 Record, 4.02 ERA, 68 K's, 29 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.34 K/BB

    Kevin Correia: 10-10 Record, 5.40 ERA, 115 K's, 64 Walks, 1.49 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    26-54 Record, 5.23 ERA, 423 K's, 225 Walks, 1.59 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Kevin Correia was signed by the Pirates this offseason to a two-year, $8MM contract.

Kansas City Royals

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.97 ERA, 67-95 Record, 1035 K’s, 551 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jeff Francis: 4-6 Record, 5.00 ERA, 67 K's, 23 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.91 K/BB

    Luke Hochevar: 6-6 Record, 4.81 ERA, 76 K's, 37 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Kyle Davies: 8-12 Record, 5.34 ERA, 126 K's, 80 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.58 K/BB

    Sean O'Sullivan: 4-6 Record, 5.49 ERA, 43 K's, 31 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.39 K/BB

    Vin Mazzaro: 6-8 Record, 4.27 ERA, 79 K's, 50 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.58 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    24-30 Record, 4.98 ERA, 391 K's, 221 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.77 K/BB

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.81 ERA, 65-97 Record, 1070 K’s, 548 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 1.95 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ian Kennedy: 9-10 Record, 3.80 ERA, 168 K's, 70 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB

    Joe Saunders: 9-17 Record, 4.47 ERA, 114 K's, 64 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.78 K/BB

    Daniel Hudson: 8-2 Record, 2.45 ERA, 84 K's, 27 Walks, 1.00 WHIP, 3.11 K/BB

    Barry Enright: 6-7 Record, 3.91 ERA, 49 K's, 29 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 1.69 K/BB

    Zach Duke: 8-15 Record, 5.72 ERA, 96 K's, 51 Walks, 1.65 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-51 Record, 4.07 ERA, 511 K's, 241 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Brandon Webb left the Diamondbacks to sign with the Texas Rangers this offseason.

Baltimore Orioles

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.59 ERA, 66-96 Record, 1007 K’s, 520 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.94 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jeremy Guthrie: 11-14 Record, 3.83 ERA, 119 K's, 50 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    Brian Matusz: 10-12 Record, 4.30 ERA, 143 K's, 63 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

    Rick VandenHurk: No Decision Record on 1 Start, 5.09 ERA 18 K's, 8 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB

    Chris Tillman: 2-5 Record, 5.87 ERA, 31 K's, 31 Walks, 1.53 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB

    Jake Arrieta: 6-6 Record, 4.66 ERA, 52 K's, 48 Walks, 1.53 WHIP, 1.08 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    29-37 Record, 4.75 ERA, 363 K's, 200 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

Milwaukee Brewers

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.58 ERA, 77-85 Record, 1258 K’s, 582 Walks, 1.44 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Zack Greinke: 10-14 Record, 4.17 ERA, 181 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 3.29 K/BB

    Yovani Gallardo: 14-7 Record, 3.84 ERA, 200 K’s, 75 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.67 K/BB

    Shaun Marcum: 13-8 Record, 3.64 ERA, 165 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 3.84 K/BB

    Randy Wolf: 13-12 Record, 4.17 ERA, 142 K’s, 87 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 1.63 K/BB

    Chris Narveson: 12-9 Record, 4.99 ERA, 137 K’s, 59 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.32 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    62-50 Record, 4.16 ERA, 825 K’s, 319 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Zack Greinke was acquired through trade from the Kansas City Royals this offseason to strengthen the Brewers rotation.

Detroit Tigers

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.30 ERA, 81-81 Record, 1056 K’s, 537 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.97 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Justin Verlander: 18-9 Record, 3.37 ERA, 219 K’s, 71 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 3.08 K/BB

    Max Scherzer: 12-11 Record, 3.50 ERA, 184 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.63 K/BB

    Rick Porcello: 10-12 Record, 4.92 ERA, 84 K’s, 38 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.21 K/BB

    Brad Penny: 3-4 Record, 3.23 ERA, 35 K’s, 9 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 3.89 K/BB

    Phil Coke: No Starting Decision, 3.76 ERA, 53 K’s, 26 Walks, 1.44 WHIP, 2.04 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    44-41 Record, 3.76 ERA, 575 K’s, 214 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.69 K/BB

Cleveland Indians

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.30 ERA, 69-93 Record, 967 K’s, 572 Walks, 1.43 WHIP, 1.69 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Fausto Carmona: 13-14 Record, 3.77 ERA, 124 K’s, 72 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 1.72 K/BB

    Justin Masterson: 6-13 Record, 4.70 ERA, 140 K’s, 73 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.92 K/BB

    Jeanmar Gomez: 4-5 Record, 4.68 ERA, 34 K’s, 22 Walks, 1.65 WHIP, 1.55 K/BB

    Carlos Carrasco: 2-2 Record, 3.83 ERA, 38 K’s, 14 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

    Josh Tomlin: 6-4 Record, 4.56 ERA, 43 K’s, 19 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    31-38 Record, 4.31 ERA, 379 K’s, 200 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 1.90 K/BB

Toronto Blue Jays

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.22 ERA, 85-77 Record, 1184 K’s, 539 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ricky Romero: 14-9 Record, 3.73 ERA, 174 K’s, 82 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

    Brandon Morrow: 10-7 Record, 4.49 ERA, 178 K’s, 66 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.70 K/BB

    Brett Cecil: 15-7 Record, 4.22 ERA, 117 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.17 K/BB

    Kyle Drabek: 0-3 Record, 4.76 ERA, 12 K’s, 5 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB

    Jesse Litsch: 1-5 Record, 5.79 ERA, 16 K’s, 15 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 1.07 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-31 Record, 4.60 ERA, 497 K’s, 222 Walks, 4.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

Boston Red Sox

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.19 ERA, 89-73 Record, 1207 K’s, 580 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.08 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jon Lester: 19-9 Record, 3.25 ERA, 225 K’s, 83 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

    Josh Beckett: 6-6 Record, 5.78 ERA, 116 K’s, 45 Walks, 1.54 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

    John Lackey: 14-11 Record, 4.40 ERA, 156 K’s, 72 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 2.17 K/BB

    Clay Buchholz: 17-7 Record, 2.33 ERA, 120 K’s, 67 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 1.79 K/BB

    Daisuke Matsuzaka: 9-6 Record, 4.69 ERA, 133 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010:

    65-39 Record, 4.09 ERA, 750 K’s, 341 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

Chicago Cubs

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.18 ERA, 75-87 Record, 1268 K’s, 605 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.10 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ryan Dempster: 15-12 Record, 3.85 ERA, 208 K’s, 86 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.42 K/BB

    Randy Wells: 8-14 Record, 4.26 ERA, 144 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.29 K/BB

    Matt Garza: 15-10 Record, 3.91 ERA, 150 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    Tom Gorzelanny: 7-9 Record, 4.09 ERA, 119 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB

    Carlos Zambrano: 11-6 Record, 3.33 ERA, 117 K’s, 69 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    56-51 Record, 3.89 ERA, 738 K’s, 349 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.11 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Matt Garza was acquired by the Cubs from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade this offseason.

Colorado Rockies

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.14 ERA, 83-79 Record, 1234 K’s, 525 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.35 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Ubaldo Jimenez: 19-8 Record, 2.88 ERA, 214 K’s, 92 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 2.33 K/BB

    Jorge De La Rosa: 8-7 Record, 4.22 ERA, 113 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Jason Hammel: 10-9 Record, 4.81 ERA, 141 K’s, 47 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB

    Jhoulys Chacin: 9-11 Record, 3.28 ERA, 138 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

    Aaron Cook: 6-8 Record, 5.08 ERA, 62 K’s, 52 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.19 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    52-43 Record, 4.05 ERA, 668 K’s, 307 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.18 K/BB

Washington Nationals

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.13 ERA, 69-93 Record, 1068 K’s, 512 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.09 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Livan Hernandez: 10-12 Record, 3.66 ERA, 114 K’s, 64 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 1.78 K/BB

    John Lannan: 8-8 Record, 4.65 ERA, 71 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.56 WHIP, 1.45 K/BB

    Jason Marquis: 2-9 Record, 6.60 ERA, 31 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.70 WHIP, 1.29 K/BB

    Jordan Zimmermann: 1-2 Record, 4.94 ERA, 27 K’s, 10 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.70 K/BB

    J.D. Martin: 1-5 Record, 4.13 ERA, 31 K’s, 11 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.82 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    22-36 Record, 4.80 ERA, 274 K’s, 158 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 1.73 K/BB

Chicago White Sox

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.09 ERA, 88-74 Record, 1149 K’s, 490 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.34 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Mark Buehrle: 13-13 Record, 4.28 ERA, 99 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 2.02 K/BB

    Gavin Floyd: 10-13 Record, 4.08 ERA, 151 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.60 K/BB

    John Danks: 15-11 Record, 3.72 ERA, 162 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.22 WHIP, 2.31 K/BB

    Edwin Jackson: 10-12 Record, 4.47 ERA, 181 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.32

    Jake Peavy: 7-6 Record, 4.63 ERA, 93 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.23 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    55-55  Record, 4.24 ERA, 686 K’s, 289 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.37 K/BB

Houston Astros

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.09 ERA, 88-74 Record, 1149 K’s, 490 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.21 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Wandy Rodriguez: 11-12 Record, 3.60 ERA, 178 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Brett Myers: 14-8 Record, 3.14 ERA, 180 K’s, 66 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

    J.A. Happ: 6-4 Record, 3.40 ERA, 70 K’s, 47 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 1.49 K/BB

    Bud Norris: 9-10 Record, 4.92 ERA, 158 K’s, 77 Walks, 1.48 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Nelson Figueroa: No Decided Start, 3.29 ERA, 73 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    40-34 Record, 3.67 ERA, 659 K’s, 292 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

Florida Marlins

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.08 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1168 K’s, 549 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.13 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Josh Johnson: 11-6 Record, 2.30 ERA, 186 K’s, 48 Walks, 1.11 WHIP, 3.88 K/BB

    Javier Vazquez: 10-10 Record, 5.32 ERA, 121 K’s, 65 Walks, 1.40 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Ricky Nolasco: 14-9 Record, 4.51 ERA, 147 K’s, 33 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 4.45 K/BB

    Chris Volstad: 12-9 Record, 4.58 ERA, 102 K’s, 60 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

    Anibal Sanchez: 13-12 Record, 3.55 ERA, 157 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-46 Record, 4.05 ERA, 713 K’s, 276 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

New York Yankees

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.06 ERA, 95-67 Record, 1154 K’s, 540 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    CC Sabathia: 21-7 Record, 3.18 ERA, 197 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.66 K/BB

    Phil Hughes: 18-8 Record, 4.19 ERA, 146 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.52 K/BB

    A.J. Burnett: 10-15 Record, 5.26 ERA, 145 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.51 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Ivan Nova: 1-2 Record, 4.50 ERA, 26 K’s, 17 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.53 K/BB

    Sergio Mitre: No Decided Starts, 3.33 ERA, 26 K’s, 16 Walks, 1.09 WHIP, 1.63 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    50-32 Record, 4.09 ERA, 540 K’s, 243 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.22 K/BB

Los Angeles Angels

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.04 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1130 K’s, 565 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.00 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Jered Weaver: 13-12 Record, 3.01 ERA, 233 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.07 WHIP, 4.31 K/BB

    Dan Haren: 12-12 Record, 3.91 ERA, 216 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB

    Ervin Santana: 17-10 Record, 3.92 ERA, 169 K’s, 73 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.32 K/BB

    Scott Kazmir: 9-15 Record, 5.94 ERA, 93 K’s, 79 Walks, 1.58 WHIP, 1.18 K/BB

    Joel Pineiro: 10-7 Record, 3.84 ERA, 92 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.71 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    61-56 Record, 4.12 ERA, 803 K’s, 294 Walks, 1.30 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.01 ERA, 80-82 Record, 1274 K’s, 539 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.36 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Clayton Kershaw: 13-10 Record, 2.91 ERA, 212 K’s, 81 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Chad Billingsley: 12-11 Record, 3.57 ERA, 171 K’s, 69 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB

    Ted Lilly: 10-12 Record, 3.62 ERA, 166 K’s, 44 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 3.77 K/BB

    Hiroki Kuroda: 11-13 Record, 3.39 ERA, 159 K’s, 48 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Jon Garland: 14-12 Record, 3.47 ERA, 136 K’s, 87 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 1.56 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-58 Record, 3.39 ERA, 844 K’s, 329 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.57 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    The Dodgers acquired Garland and reacquired Kuroda from free agency this offseason.

Cincinnati Reds

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    2010 Team Stats

    4.01 ERA, 91-71 Record, 1130 K’s, 524 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Edinson Volquez: 4-3 Record, 4.31 ERA, 67 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.91 K/BB

    Bronson Arroyo: 17-10 Record, 3.88 ERA, 121 K’s, 59 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Johnny Cueto: 12-7 Record, 3.64 ERA, 138 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB

    Mike Leake: 8-4 Record, 4.23 ERA, 91 K’s, 49 Walks, 1.50 WHIP, 1.86 K/BB

    Homer Bailey: 4-3 Record, 4.46 ERA, 100 K’s, 40 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    45-27 Record, 4.10 ERA, 517 K’s, 239 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

Minnesota Twins

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.95 ERA, 94-68 Record, 1048 K’s, 383 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Francisco Liriano: 14-10 Record, 3.60 ERA, 201 K’s, 58 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 3.47 K/BB

    Scott Baker: 12-9 Record, 4.49 ERA, 148 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 3.44 K/BB

    Kevin Slowey: 13-6 Record, 4.45 ERA, 116 K’s, 29 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 4.00 K/BB

    Nick Blackburn: 10-12 Record, 5.42 ERA, 68 K’s, 40 Walks, 1.45 WHIP, 1.70 K/BB

    Brian Duensing: No wins or losses, 2.62 ERA, 78 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.20 WHIP, 2.23 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    49-37 Record, 4.12 ERA, 611 K’s, 205 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.98 K/BB

Texas Rangers

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.93 ERA, 90-72 Record, 1181 K’s, 551 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Colby Lewis: 12-13 Record, 3.72 ERA, 196 K’s, 65 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 3.02 K/BB

    C.J. Wilson: 15-8 Record, 3.35 ERA, 170 K’s, 93 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 1.83 K/BB

    Tommy Hunter: 13-4 Record, 3.73 ERA, 68 K’s, 33 Walks, 1.24 WHIP, 2.06 K/BB

    Derek Holland: 3-4 Record, 4.08 ERA, 54 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB

    Brandon Webb (2009): No wins or losses, 13.50 ERA, 2 K’s, 2 Walks, 2.00 WHIP, 1.00 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    42-33 Record, 3.72 ERA, 488 K’s, 215 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB (Excluding Webb)

     

    Additional Facts

    The former Diamondback Webb was signed this offseason.

Seattle Mariners

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.93 ERA, 61-101 Record, 973 K’s, 452 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Felix Hernandez: 13-12 Record, 2.27 ERA, 232 K’s, 70 Walks, 1.06 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Jason Vargas: 9-12 Record, 3.78 ERA, 116 K’s, 54 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

    Doug Fister: 6-14 Record, 4.11 ERA, 93 K’s, 32 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.91 K/BB

    Erik Bedard (2009): 5-3 Record, 2.82 ERA, 90 K’s, 34 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.65 K/BB

    Luke French: 5-7 Record, 4.83 ERA, 37 K’s, 29 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 1.28 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    38-48 Record, 3.56 ERA, 568 K’s, 219 Walks, 1.22 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

Tampa Bay Rays

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.78 ERA, 96-66 Record, 1189 K’s, 478 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 2.49 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    David Price: 19-6 Record, 2.72 ERA, 188 K’s, 79 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.38 K/BB

    James Shields: 13-15 Record, 5.18 ERA, 187 K’s, 51 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 3.67 K/BB

    Wade Davis: 12-10 Record, 4.07 ERA, 113 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.35 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

    Jeremy Hellickson: 4-0 Record, 3.47 ERA, 33 K’s, 8 Walks, 1.10 WHIP, 4.13 K/BB

    Jeff Niemann: 12-8 Record, 4.39 ERA, 131 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.26 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    60-49 Record, 3.97 ERA, 652 K’s, 261 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Matt Garza was traded from the Rays to the Chicago Cubs this offseason.

New York Mets

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.70 ERA, 79-83 Record, 1106 K’s, 545 Walks, 1.36 WHIP, 2.03 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Johan Santana: 11-9 Record, 2.98 ERA, 144 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.62 K/BB

    Mike Pelfrey: 15-9 Record, 3.66 ERA, 113 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 1.66 K/BB

    Jonathon Niese: 9-10 Record, 4.20 ERA, 148 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.46 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

    R.A. Dickey: 11-9 Record, 2.84 ERA, 104 K’s, 42 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB

    Jenrry Mejia: No decided starts, 4.62 ERA, 22 K’s, 20 Walks, 1.69 WHIP, 1.10 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    46-36 Record, 3.66 ERA, 531 K’s, 247 Walks, 1.38 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

Philadelphia Phillies

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.67 ERA, 97-65 Record, 1183 K’s, 416 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.84 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Roy Halladay: 21-10 Record, 2.44 ERA, 219 K’s, 30 Walks, 1.04 WHIP, 7.3 K/BB

    Cliff Lee: 12-9 Record, 3.18 ERA, 185 K’s, 18 Walks, 1.00 WHIP, 10.28 K/BB

    Cole Hamels: 12-11 Record, 3.06 ERA, 211 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 3.46 K/BB

    Roy Oswalt: 13-13 Record, 2.76 ERA, 193 K’s, 55 Walks, 1.03 WHIP, 3.51 K/BB

    Joe Blanton: 9-6 Record, 4.82 ERA, 134 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 3.12 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    67-49 Record, 3.25 ERA, 942 K’s, 207 Walks, 1.13 WHIP, 4.55 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Cliff Lee was acquired in free agency this offseason in a deal that shocked all of baseball.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.57 ERA, 86-76 Record, 1094 K’s, 477 Walks, 1.30 WHIP, 2.29 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Chris Carpenter: 16-9 Record, 3.22 ERA, 179 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.18 WHIP, 2.84 K/BB

    Adam Wainwright: 20-11 Record, 2.42 ERA, 213 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.05 WHIP, 3.80 K/BB

    Kyle Lohse: 4-8 Record, 6.55 ERA, 54 K’s, 35 Walks, 1.78 WHIP, 1.54 K/BB

    Jake Westbrook: 10-11 Record, 4.22 ERA, 128 K’s, 68 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Jaime Garcia: 13-8 Record, 2.70 ERA, 132 K’s, 64 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.06 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    63-47 Record, 3.82 ERA, 706 K’s, 286 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.47 K/BB

Oakland Athletics

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.56 ERA, 81-81 Record, 1070 K’s, 512 Walks, 1.28 WHIP, 2.09 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Dallas Braden: 11-14 Record, 3.50 ERA, 113 K’s, 43 Walks, 1.16 WHIP, 2.63 K/BB

    Brett Anderson: 7-6 Record, 2.80 ERA, 75 K’s, 22 Walks, 1.19 WHIP, 3.41 K/BB

    Trevor Cahill: 18-8 Record, 2.97 ERA, 118 K’s, 63 Walks, 1.11 WHIP, 1.87 K/BB

    Gio Gonzalez: 15-9 Record, 3.23 ERA, 171 K’s, 92 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Rich Harden: 5-5 Record, 5.58 ERA, 75 K’s, 62 Walks, 1.66 WHIP, 1.21 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    56-42 Record, 3.62 ERA, 552 K’s, 282 Walks, 1.29 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

Atlanta Braves

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.56 ERA, 91-71 Record, 1241 K’s, 505 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.46 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Derek Lowe: 16-12 Record, 4.00 ERA, 136 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.37 WHIP, 2.23 K/BB

    Tommy Hanson: 10-11 Record, 3.33 ERA, 173 K’s, 56 Walks, 1.17 WHIP, 3.09 K/BB

    Tim Hudson: 17-9 Record, 2.83 ERA, 139 K’s, 74 Walks, 1.15 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

    Jair Jurrjens: 7-6 Record, 4.64 ERA, 86 K’s, 42 Walks, 1.39 WHIP, 2.05 K/BB

    Mike Minor: 3-2 Record, 5.98 ERA, 43 K’s, 11 Walks, 1.57 WHIP, 3.91 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    53-40 Record, 4.16 ERA, 577 K’s, 244 Walks, 1.33 WHIP, 2.36 K/BB

San Diego Padres

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.39 ERA, 90-72 ERA, 1295 K’s, 517 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Mat Latos: 14-10 Record, 2.92 ERA, 189 K’s, 50 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 3.78 K/BB

    Clayton Richard: 14-9 Record, 3.75 ERA, 153 K’s, 78 Walks, 1.41 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

    Tim Stauffer: No decided starts, 1.85 ERA, 61 K’s, 24 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 2.54 K/BB

    Aaron Harang: 6-7 Record, 5.32 ERA, 82 K’s, 38 Walks, 1.59 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

    Dustin Moseley: 4-4 Record, 4.96 ERA, 33 K’s, 27 Walks, 1.42 WHIP, 1.22 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    38-30 Record, 3.76 ERA, 518 K’s, 217 Walks, 1.32 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

     

    Additional Facts

    Harang was acquired this offseason when the Cincinnati Reds declined his option.

San Francisco Giants

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    2010 Team Stats

    3.36 ERA, 92-70 Record, 1331 K’s, 578 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 2.30 K/BB

     

    2011 Pitching Rotation with 2010 Stats

    Tim Lincecum: 16-10 Record, 3.43 ERA, 231 K’s, 76 Walks, 1.27 WHIP, 3.04 K/BB

    Matt Cain: 13-11 Record, 3.14 ERA, 177 K’s, 61 Walks, 1.08 WHIP, 2.90 K/BB

    Jonathan Sanchez: 13-9 Record, 3.07 ERA, 250 K's, 96 Walks, 1.23 WHIP, 2.14 K/BB

    Madison Bumgarner: 7-6 Record, 3.00 ERA, 86 K’s, 26 Walks, 1.31 WHIP, 3.31 K/BB

    Barry Zito: 9-14 Record, 4.15 ERA, 150 K’s, 84 Walks, 1.34 WHIP, 1.79 K/BB

     

    Combined Starting Pitching Numbers for 2010

    55-41 Record, 3.43 ERA, 644 K’s, 247 Walks, 1.25 WHIP, 2.61 K/BB (Excluding Sanchez)

2011 Starting Rotation Rankings with Pitchers' 2010 Averages

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    1. Philadelphia Phillies

    3.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 4.55 K/BB

     

    2. Los Angeles Dodgers

    3.39 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2.57 K/BB

     

    3. San Francisco Giants

    3.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2.61 K/BB

     

    4. Seattle Mariners

    3.56 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

     

    5. Oakland Athletics

    3.62 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 1.96 K/BB

     

    6. New York Mets

    3.66 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 2.15 K/BB

     

    7. Houston Astros

    3.67 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.26 K/BB

     

    8. Texas Rangers

    3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB

     

    9. Detroit Tigers

    3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.69 K/BB

     

    10. San Diego Padres

    3.76 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB

     

    11. St. Louis Cardinals

    3.82 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.47 K/BB

     

    12. Chicago Cubs

    3.89 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 2.11 K/BB

     

    13. Tampa Bay Rays

    3.97 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB

     

    14. Florida Marlins

    4.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.58 K/BB

     

    15. Colorado Rockies

    4.05 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.18 K/BB

     

    16. Arizona Diamondbacks

    4.07 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.12 K/BB

     

    17. New York Yankees

    4.09 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.22 K/BB

     

    18. Boston Red Sox

    4.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB

     

    19. Cincinnati Reds

    4.10 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB

     

    20. Los Angeles Angels

    4.12 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 2.73 K/BB

     

    21. Minnesota Twins

    4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.98 K/BB

     

    22. Milwaukee Brewers

    4.16 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 2.59 K/BB

     

    23. Atlanta Braves

    4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.36 WHIP

     

    24. Chicago White Sox

    4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.37 K/BB

     

    25. Cleveland Indians

    4.31 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 1.90 K/BB

     

    26. Toronto Blue Jays

    4.60 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.24 K/BB

     

    27. Baltimore Orioles

    4.75 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 1.82 K/BB

     

    28. Washington Nationals

    4.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 1.73 K/BB

     

    29. Kansas City Royals

    4.98 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 1.77 K/BB

     

    30. Pittsburgh Pirates

    5.23 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 1.88 K/BB

Why the Phillies Rotation Is No. 1

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    This offseason we have heard that the Phillies have the best rotation in baseball. When we examine the numbers that all of the starting pitchers produced in 2010, we can see why.

    The pitchers for the Phillies' 2011 rotation have the lowest WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched), the highest by nearly double the ratio of strikeouts to walks (K/BB) and, most importantly, the lowest earned run average (ERA).

    Collectively, the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation for 2011 topped the numbers produced by all other teams.