Friday, December 23, 2005

Run Support Sure Helps

I thought it would be fun to look at the qualifying pitchers with the best run support in 2005. Here are the top 20:

TM RS Record ERA

David Wells Bos 7.97 15 - 7 4.45
Chris Young Tex 7.32 12 - 7 4.26
Matt Clement Bos 6.88 13 - 6 4.57
Cliff Lee Cle 6.46 18 - 5 3.79
Jeff Francis Col 6.37 14 - 12 5.68
Matt Morris StL 6.26 14 - 10 4.11
Gustavo Chacin Tor 6.21 13 - 9 3.72
Kenny Rogers Tex 6.17 14 - 8 3.46
Bartolo Colon LAA 6.02 21 - 8 3.48
Freddy Garcia CWS 5.96 14 - 8 3.87
M. Hendrickson TB 5.96 11 - 8 5.90
Danny Haren Oak 5.93 14 - 12 3.73
Mike Mussina NYY 5.91 13 - 8 4.41
Josh Beckett Fla 5.89 15 - 8 3.38
J. Bonderman Det 5.67 14 - 13 4.57
C.C. Sabathia Cle 5.63 15 - 10 4.03
Jamie Moyer Sea 5.63 13 - 7 4.20
Randy Johnson NYY 5.62 17 - 8 3.79
B. Claussen Cin 5.62 10 - 11 4.21
Kris Benson NYM 5.58 10 - 8 4.13

The relationship between run support and win/loss record is quite evident by this list. That or Francis and Hendrickson are just "winners"?

Let's look at the bottom of this list:

TM RS Record ERA

Kip Wells Pit 3.07 8 - 18 5.09
Mark Redman Pit 3.23 5 - 15 4.90
Ryan Franklin Sea 3.30 8 - 15 5.10
Zack Greinke KC 3.39 5 - 17 5.80
Javier Vazquez Ari 3.51 11 - 15 4.42
Roger Clemens Hou 3.58 13 - 8 1.87
Nate Robertson Det 3.66 7 - 16 4.48
Kyle Lohse Min 3.68 9 - 13 4.18
Brian Lawrence SD 3.68 7 - 15 4.83
Josh Fogg Pit 3.77 6 - 11 5.05
Jarrod Washburn LAA 3.81 8 - 8 3.20
John Patterson Was 3.86 9 - 7 3.13
Esteban Loaiza Was 3.90 12 - 10 3.77
Joe Blanton Oak 3.93 12 - 12 3.53
Kevin Millwood Cle 3.98 9 - 11 2.86
Mark Buehrle CWS 4.15 16 - 8 3.12
Brett Tomko SF 4.20 8 - 15 4.48
Livan Hernandez Was 4.24 15 - 10 3.98
Brandon Webb Ari 4.24 14 - 12 3.50
Carlos Silva Min 4.25 9 - 8 3.44

There are some really nice pitchers on that list. How many wins would Clemens have had on the Yankees? How bad was it to be a starting pitcher for the Pirates last year?

Finally, the Brewer pitchers, with their ranks (if they qualified):

RNK RS Record ERA

-- Gary Glover 7.79 5 - 4 5.57
27 Chris Capuano 5.47 18 - 12 3.99
28 Tomo Ohka 5.44 7 - 6 4.35
65 Doug Davis 4.57 11 - 11 3.84
-- Ben Sheets Mil 3.73 10 - 9 3.33

One of these years, the Brewers are going to score some runs for Ben Sheets.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jacob WI said...

They have to teach Sheets to hit and let him swing away every time. I don't think his low run support and terrible hitting skills are just coincidence.

11:38 PM  
Blogger rluzinski said...

As bad as Sheets has been offensively, his negative effect on run support is small. Most pitchers can't hit, period. His bad run support during his career is a combination of being on some bad offensive teams and dumb luck.

2:49 PM  

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