Graph of the Intermittent Time Period

I stopped by fellow SweetSpot blog Fungoes, which covers the St. Louis Cardinals, and had an “aha!” moment. The author, Pip, posted a graph that explains as much in one glance as an entire article of explanation. So, with all due credit to Pip, I’d like to adapt the idea for Phillies pitchers. I have made one minor adjustment: instead of using xFIP, I used SIERA. Additionally, I included each pitcher’s ERA.

K/9 BB/9 SIERA ERA
Halladay 7.6 0.8 2.7 0.82
Hamels 9.5 2.2 3.11 5.11
Moyer 5.5 2.0 4 5
Kendrick 4.3 4.3 4.88 7.71
Happ 4.4 7.0 6.5 0

K/9 BB/9 SIERA ERA
Contreras 17.5 0.0 -0.26 1.59
Madson 11.3 2.3 2.85 6.75
Herndon 3.5 2.4 3.64 7.04
Baez 5.1 5.1 3.94 6.43
Durbin 8.7 2.9 4.04 0.96
Figueroa 3.7 6.1 6.08 2.92
Bastardo 6.2 6.2 6.58 2.08

Yes, Jose Contreras does have a negative SIERA. He has pitched extremely well, striking out 11 of the 20 hitters he has faced and inducing five ground balls of the nine put in play.

I think this is a good snapshot of the Phillies’ pitching staff, giving one the ability to discern which pitchers are likely to improve and which are likely to hit the skids.

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