The Bill Chuck Files: 2011 Starts by Pitchers edition

by Bill Chuck on February 22, 2012

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Sometimes, whether you are a baseball writer, fantasy player, or a fan, it’s interesting just to look at a category of numbers. Today I look at teams and the number of starts their pitchers made. The lists are not all inclusive, just those teams that deviated from the norm.

Last season, the White Sox and the Reds were the only two teams to have six starters who made 18+ starts:

Last season, the Orioles and the Rockies were the only two teams to have just three starters who made 20+ starts:

Last season, the Blue Jays were the only team to have only two starters who made 21+ starts:

Last season, the Blue Jays and the Rockies were the only two teams to have only two starters who made 22+ and 23+ starts:
  • Blue Jays - Brandon Morrow / Ricky Romero
  • Rockies - Jhoulys Chacin / Jason Hammel
Last season, the Orioles, Blue Jays and the Rockies were the only three teams to have only two starters who made 24+ starts:
  • Orioles – Zach Britton / Jeremy Guthrie
  • Blue Jays - Brandon Morrow / Ricky Romero
  • Rockies - Jhoulys Chacin / Jason Hammel
Five teams had five starters who made at least 25 starts:
Four teams had five starters who made at least 26 starts:
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Yovani Gallardo / Zack Greinke / Shaun Marcum / Chris Narveson / Randy Wolf
  • New York Mets – Chris Capuano / R.A. Dickey / Dillon Gee / Jonathon Niese / Mike Pelfrey
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Kevin Correia / Jeff Karstens / Paul Maholm / James McDonald / Charlie Morton
  • Texas Rangers – Matt Harrison / Derek Holland / Colby Lewis / Alexi Ogando / C.J. Wilson
Two teams had five starters who made 27+ and 28+ starts:
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Yovani Gallardo / Zack Greinke / Shaun Marcum / Chris Narveson / Randy Wolf
  • Texas Rangers – Matt Harrison / Derek Holland / Colby Lewis / Alexi Ogando / C.J. Wilson
The Cincinnati Reds was the only team that had just one starter who made at least 27 starts: Bronson Arroyo
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Two teams had only one starter who made 28+ starts:
  • Cincinnati Reds – Bronson Arroyo
  • Rockies - Jhoulys Chacin
The Texas Rangers were the only team to have five starters who made 29+ starts: Matt Harrison / Derek Holland / Colby Lewis / Alexi Ogando / C.J. Wilson
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The Dodgers were the only team to have four starters who made 32+ starts: Chad Billingsley / Clayton Kershaw / Hiroki Kuroda / Ted Lilly
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Eight pitchers made 34 starts last season, the most of any pitcher, four had above .500 winning percentage and four below:
Rk Player W-L% Tm CG SHO W L IP BB SO ERA
1 Justin Verlander .828 DET 4 2 24 5 251.0 57 250 2.40
2 C.J. Wilson .696 TEX 3 1 16 7 223.1 74 206 2.94
3 Dan Haren .615 LAA 4 3 16 10 238.1 33 192 3.17
4 Chris Carpenter .550 STL 4 2 11 9 237.1 55 191 3.45
5 David Price .480 TBR 0 0 12 13 224.1 63 218 3.49
6 Trevor Cahill .462 OAK 0 0 12 14 207.2 82 147 4.16
7 Ryan Dempster .417 CHC 0 0 10 14 202.1 82 191 4.80
8 Derek Lowe .346 ATL 0 0 9 17 187.0 70 137 5.05
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/22/2012.
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Finally, here is a look at the number of starters each team used in 2011:

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