I noticed that Royals relievers Kelvin Herrera (1.43), Wade Davis (1.00), and Greg Holland (1.44) all have ERAs below 1.50. I used the Play Index and discovered that they're the second team in history with three pitchers, 60+ innings pitched, ERA below 1.50. The other team: the 1907 Cubs, who used a total of eight pitchers that year and had a TEAM ERA of 1.73. Of course, the Cubs' three pitchers were all starters.The typical modern team carries 12 or 13 pitchers and, over the course of a season, uses 25 or so, including trades, call-ups, etc. Of the Cubs' eight pitchers, one was a 20-year-old who appeared in five games. So they had seven pitchers who pitched 1356.2 innings, or about 193.2 per pitcher.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Before the Royals Get Eliminated
This is something I noticed last weekend, posted it to a Facebook group, and was mentioned this morning on the Effectively Wild podcast: