Sunday, March 1, 2015

Historically bad start for Phillies pitchers

Through six games, the Phillies' starting staff is the worst in the majors. They have posted a 6.75 ERA by allowing 26 earned runs in 34 2/3 innings.

Historically bad start for Phillies pitchers

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay works against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning. (John Amis/AP)
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay works against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning. (John Amis/AP)

Through six games, the Phillies' starting staff is the worst in the majors. They have posted a 6.75 ERA by allowing 26 earned runs in 34 2/3 innings. They send Roy Halladay to the mound Monday night against the Mets, and the Phillies have won seven of his eight career starts vs. New York.

But these, of course, are not normal times.

The poor pitching is nearly unparalleled in the franchise's history. In the last 100 years, only the 1931 Phillies allowed more runs in their first six games than the 2013 squad. 

1931 (2-4): 44 ER in 55 IP, 7.20 ERA
2013 (2-4): 41 ER in 52 IP, 7.10 ERA
1976 (3-3): 40 ER in 56 IP, 6.43 ERA
2009 (3-3): 38 ER in 53 IP, 6.45 ERA
1960 (2-4): 38 ER in 53 IP, 6.45 ERA

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The guys at Crashburn Alley go even further back. Two teams on that list, the 1976 and 2009 Phillies, ended up just fine. Maybe that is the lesson here.

The bullpen is not solely to blame. The starters, actually, shoulder more of the burden.

If you're wondering, the 1960 Phillies allowed 11 runs in their seventh game and 49 total through seven. That means the Phillies must allow eight runs Monday to tie or nine runs to eclipse them for worst pitching start in modern franchise history.


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