The 30-Start Report

by Bill Chuck on October 4, 2013

The assumption is that the mark of a healthy and effective pitcher is to reach the 30 start mark.

This year 69 pitchers made 30+ starts.

The Leaders

Adam Wainwright is the only NL-er to reach the 34 GS mark

Rk Player GS Tm CG SHO W L W-L% IP ERA
1 R.A. Dickey 34 TOR 3 1 14 13 .519 224.2 4.21
2 James Shields 34 KCR 2 0 13 9 .591 228.2 3.15
3 Justin Verlander 34 DET 0 0 13 12 .520 218.1 3.46
4 Adam Wainwright 34 STL 5 2 19 9 .679 241.2 2.94
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Only two teams had four 30+ game starters

The Nationals missed the postseason and the Reds were one-and-done

2013 postseason 30+ game starters

John Powers in today’s Boston Globe points out,

“The Red Sox had the luxury of resting some starting pitchers down the stretch, but that also left them with just one player — Jon Lester — who reached 30 starts. The last five World Series winners had no fewer than four 30-game starters, and no championship team has had fewer than two since the playoffs expanded in 1995, excluding the ’95 Braves, who had four pitchers make at least 28 starts in a 144-game season.”

30-Game Starters and Below a 3.00 ERA

Rk Player ERA GS Tm
1 Clayton Kershaw 1.83 33 LAD
2 Bartolo Colon 2.65 30 OAK
3 Hisashi Iwakuma 2.66 33 SEA
4 Madison Bumgarner 2.77 31 SFG
5 Yu Darvish 2.83 32 TEX
6 Cliff Lee 2.87 31 PHI
7 Max Scherzer 2.90 32 DET
8 Adam Wainwright 2.94 34 STL
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Nine to Know

30 Game Starters by Lowest WHIP

Rk Player WHIP GS Tm ERA
1 Clayton Kershaw 0.915 33 LAD 1.83
2 Max Scherzer 0.970 32 DET 2.90
3 Hisashi Iwakuma 1.006 33 SEA 2.66
4 Cliff Lee 1.010 31 PHI 2.87
5 Madison Bumgarner 1.033 31 SFG 2.77
6 Stephen Strasburg 1.049 30 WSN 3.00
7 Adam Wainwright 1.068 34 STL 2.94
8 Yu Darvish 1.073 32 TEX 2.83
9 Chris Sale 1.073 30 CHW 3.07
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30-Game Starters and a .600+ Winning Pct.

Rk Player W-L% GS Tm W L IP ERA
1 Max Scherzer .875 32 DET 21 3 214.1 2.90
2 Bartolo Colon .750 30 OAK 18 6 190.1 2.65
3 Jorge De La Rosa .727 30 COL 16 6 167.2 3.49
4 C.J. Wilson .708 33 LAA 17 7 212.1 3.39
5 Hisashi Iwakuma .700 33 SEA 14 6 219.2 2.66
6 Chris Tillman .696 33 BAL 16 7 206.1 3.71
7 Adam Wainwright .679 34 STL 19 9 241.2 2.94
8 Jordan Zimmermann .679 32 WSN 19 9 213.1 3.25
9 Mat Latos .667 32 CIN 14 7 210.2 3.16
10 Mike Leake .667 31 CIN 14 7 192.1 3.37
11 Jon Lester .652 33 BOS 15 8 213.1 3.75
12 Clayton Kershaw .640 33 LAD 16 9 236.0 1.83
13 Cliff Lee .636 31 PHI 14 8 222.2 2.87
14 Hyun-jin Ryu .636 30 LAD 14 8 192.0 3.00
15 Patrick Corbin .636 32 ARI 14 8 208.1 3.41
16 Julio Teheran .636 30 ATL 14 8 185.2 3.20
17 Shelby Miller .625 31 STL 15 9 173.1 3.06
18 Doug Fister .609 32 DET 14 9 208.2 3.67
19 Lance Lynn .600 33 STL 15 10 201.2 3.97
20 Jarrod Parker .600 32 OAK 12 8 197.0 3.97
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Nine to Know

30-Game Starters with the Worst W-L Winning Pct.

Rk Player W-L% GS Tm W L IP ERA
1 Edwin Jackson .308 31 CHC 8 18 175.1 4.98
2 Cole Hamels .364 33 PHI 8 14 220.0 3.60
3 Jeff Samardzija .381 33 CHC 8 13 213.2 4.34
4 Joe Saunders .407 32 SEA 11 16 183.0 5.26
5 Kevin Correia .409 31 MIN 9 13 185.1 4.18
6 Ian Kennedy .412 31 TOT 7 10 181.1 4.91
7 Tim Lincecum .417 32 SFG 10 14 197.2 4.37
8 Dan Haren .417 30 WSN 10 14 169.2 4.67
9 Wily Peralta .423 32 MIL 11 15 183.1 4.37
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Pitchers with most 30+ Start Seasons Since 1994

Rk Yrs From To
1 Mark Buehrle 13 2001 2013
2 Livan Hernandez 13 1998 2010
3 Andy Pettitte 13 1996 2013
4 Greg Maddux 13 1996 2008
5 Javier Vazquez 12 1998 2011
6 Tom Glavine 12 1996 2007
7 Barry Zito 11 2001 2012
8 CC Sabathia 11 2001 2013
9 Jeff Suppan 11 1999 2009
10 Jamie Moyer 11 1997 2008
11 Kenny Rogers 11 1995 2008
12 Mike Mussina 11 1995 2008
13 Derek Lowe 10 2002 2011
14 Randy Johnson 10 1995 2008
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Pitchers with at least 15 30+ Start Seasons Since 1901

Rk Yrs From To
1 Don Sutton 20 1966 1987
2 Greg Maddux 19 1988 2008
3 Phil Niekro 18 1968 1986
4 Warren Spahn 18 1947 1965
5 Tom Glavine 17 1988 2007
6 Steve Carlton 17 1968 1986
7 Gaylord Perry 17 1966 1983
8 Roger Clemens 16 1986 2005
9 Frank Tanana 16 1974 1993
10 Nolan Ryan 16 1972 1990
11 Bert Blyleven 16 1971 1989
12 Tom Seaver 16 1967 1985
13 Walter Johnson 15 1908 1926
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