Thursday, January 21, 2010

7NNINGS EATERS

In 2009, the Brewers ranked 28th out of 30 Major League teams in percentage of games in which the starting pitcher lasted at least seven innings.  The St. Louis Cardinals led the Majors at 41%.  The Brewers were way down at 18%, followed only by the Washington Nationals (17%) and Baltimore Orioles (16%).

Here is the breakdown by starter:

Yovanni Gallardo - 37%
Dave Bush - 29%
Jeff Suppan - 14%
Mike Burns - 13%
Bradon Looper - 12%
Manny Parra - 11%
McClung, Narveson, Villanueva - 0%

On the plus side, Randy Wolf pitched seven innings in 35% of his 2009 starts; Doug Davis did in 36% of his.  With these two in the rotation, the Brewers should fare much better in this regard next season.

These numbers are also more evidence that Dave Bush was not nearly as bad in 2009 as his surface stats indicate.  I believe he should be very close to a lock to make the starting rotation.  The battle for the last spot is more likely between Manny Parra and Jeff Suppan than involving Dave Bush.

Parra's number is particularly bad.  There was only one other pitcher in the Major Leagues who had 25 or more starts (Parra had 27) with a lower percentage lasting seven innings - Brian Moehler of Houston at 7%.

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