BDD: Starting Pitching Pro- and Re-gression
Sticking with my clumsy title, I take a look at the starting rotations that have changed for the better and for the worse in baseball.
Can’t say that this was a surprise. Everyone knew that Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton weren’t as good as they had shown in 2008 with the Phillies during their World Championship run. For some reason, be it awful location or just plain bad luck, the Phillies lead the National League by far in home runs allowed with 68. Arizona is in second place with 52 round-trippers allowed, and the average NL team has allowed 43 homers with a standard deviation of 10, meaning that the Phillies’ HR allowed lies two and a half standard deviations above the mean.
The Phillies/Marlins series preview should be up shortly.