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3+ Pitchers In Season With 25+ GS & ERA+ 100+ Since ’96

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 2, 2011

Since 1996, which teams in baseball have done the best job at having 3+ pitchers in the same season with 25+ GS and an ERA+ of 100 or better?

Here's the list:

Rk Year Lg Tm 5 #Matching  
1 2001 AL Anaheim Angels 3 Ramon Ortiz / Ismael Valdez / Jarrod Washburn
2 2002 AL Anaheim Angels 3 Kevin Appier / Ramon Ortiz / Jarrod Washburn
3 1999 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 3 Omar Daal / Randy Johnson / Armando Reynoso
4 2007 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 3 Doug Davis / Micah Owings / Brandon Webb
5 2002 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Miguel Batista / Rick Helling / Randy Johnson / Curt Schilling
6 2008 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Doug Davis / Dan Haren / Randy Johnson / Brandon Webb
7 2009 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Doug Davis / Jon Garland / Dan Haren / Max Scherzer
8 1996 NL Atlanta Braves 3 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / John Smoltz
9 2001 NL Atlanta Braves 3 John Burkett / Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux
10 2007 NL Atlanta Braves 3 Tim Hudson / Chuck James / John Smoltz
11 2009 NL Atlanta Braves 3 Jair Jurrjens / Kenshin Kawakami / Javier Vazquez
12 1997 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Denny Neagle / John Smoltz
13 1999 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Kevin Millwood / John Smoltz
14 2002 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Kevin Millwood / Damian Moss
15 2003 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Mike Hampton / Greg Maddux / Russ Ortiz / Horacio Ramirez
16 2004 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Mike Hampton / Russ Ortiz / John Thomson / Jaret Wright
17 1998 NL Atlanta Braves 5 Tom Glavine / Greg Maddux / Kevin Millwood / Denny Neagle / John Smoltz
18 2007 AL Baltimore Orioles 3 Erik Bedard / Jeremy Guthrie / Steve Trachsel
19 1997 AL Baltimore Orioles 4 Scott Erickson / Scott Kamieniecki / Jimmy Key / Mike Mussina
20 1998 AL Boston Red Sox 3 Pedro Martinez / Bret Saberhagen / Tim Wakefield
21 2001 AL Boston Red Sox 3 Frank Castillo / David Cone / Hideo Nomo
22 2002 AL Boston Red Sox 3 John Burkett / Derek Lowe / Pedro Martinez
23 2003 AL Boston Red Sox 3 Derek Lowe / Pedro Martinez / Tim Wakefield
24 2005 AL Boston Red Sox 3 Bronson Arroyo / Tim Wakefield / David Wells
25 2004 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Bronson Arroyo / Pedro Martinez / Curt Schilling / Tim Wakefield
26 2008 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Josh Beckett / Jon Lester / Daisuke Matsuzaka / Tim Wakefield
27 2004 NL Chicago Cubs 3 Matt Clement / Greg Maddux / Carlos Zambrano
28 2005 NL Chicago Cubs 3 Greg Maddux / Mark Prior / Carlos Zambrano
29 2003 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Matt Clement / Mark Prior / Kerry Wood / Carlos Zambrano
30 2007 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Rich Hill / Ted Lilly / Jason Marquis / Carlos Zambrano
31 2008 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Ryan Dempster / Ted Lilly / Jason Marquis / Carlos Zambrano
32 2009 NL Chicago Cubs 5 Ryan Dempster / Rich Harden / Ted Lilly / Randy Wells / Carlos Zambrano
33 2000 AL Chicago White Sox 3 James Baldwin / Jim Parque / Mike Sirotka
34 2006 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Jose Contreras / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland
35 2007 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / Jon Garland / Javier Vazquez
36 2008 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
37 2009 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
38 2010 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
39 1996 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Wilson Alvarez / James Baldwin / Alex Fernandez / Kevin Tapani
40 2003 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Bartolo Colon / Jon Garland / Esteban Loaiza
41 2005 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Jose Contreras / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland
42 1996 NL Cincinnati Reds 3 Dave Burba / Mark Portugal / John Smiley
43 1998 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Dave Burba / Bartolo Colon / Jaret Wright
44 1999 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Dave Burba / Bartolo Colon / Charles Nagy
45 2000 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Dave Burba / Bartolo Colon / Chuck Finley
46 2005 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Cliff Lee / Kevin Millwood / CC Sabathia
47 2006 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Cliff Lee / CC Sabathia / Jake Westbrook
48 2007 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Fausto Carmona / CC Sabathia / Jake Westbrook
49 2006 NL Colorado Rockies 3 Aaron Cook / Jeff Francis / Jason Jennings
50 2009 NL Colorado Rockies 5 Aaron Cook / Jason Hammel / Ubaldo Jimenez / Jason Marquis / Jorge de la Rosa
51 2009 AL Detroit Tigers 3 Edwin Jackson / Rick Porcello / Justin Verlander
52 2006 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Jeremy Bonderman / Nate Robertson / Kenny Rogers / Justin Verlander
53 2003 NL Florida Marlins 3 Brad Penny / Mark Redman / Dontrelle Willis
54 2004 NL Florida Marlins 3 Josh Beckett / Carl Pavano / Dontrelle Willis
55 2005 NL Florida Marlins 3 Josh Beckett / A.J. Burnett / Dontrelle Willis
56 1997 NL Houston Astros 3 Mike Hampton / Chris Holt / Darryl Kile
57 1999 NL Houston Astros 3 Mike Hampton / Jose Lima / Shane Reynolds
58 2005 NL Houston Astros 3 Roger Clemens / Roy Oswalt / Andy Pettitte
59 1998 NL Houston Astros 4 Sean Bergman / Mike Hampton / Jose Lima / Shane Reynolds
60 1996 AL Kansas City Royals 3 Kevin Appier / Tim Belcher / Chris Haney
61 2006 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Kelvim Escobar / John Lackey / Ervin Santana
62 2007 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Kelvim Escobar / John Lackey / Jered Weaver
63 2008 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Ervin Santana / Joe Saunders / Jered Weaver
64 2005 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 Paul Byrd / Bartolo Colon / John Lackey / Jarrod Washburn
65 1998 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Darren Dreifort / Chan Ho Park / Ismael Valdez
66 2000 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Kevin Brown / Darren Dreifort / Chan Ho Park
67 2003 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Kevin Brown / Kazuhisa Ishii / Hideo Nomo
68 2008 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Chad Billingsley / Hiroki Kuroda / Derek Lowe
69 2010 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Chad Billingsley / Clayton Kershaw / Hiroki Kuroda
70 1996 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Pedro Astacio / Ramon Martinez / Hideo Nomo / Ismael Valdez
71 2001 AL Minnesota Twins 3 Joe Mays / Eric Milton / Brad Radke
72 2004 AL Minnesota Twins 3 Brad Radke / Johan Santana / Carlos Silva
73 2008 AL Minnesota Twins 3 Scott Baker / Nick Blackburn / Kevin Slowey
74 2005 AL Minnesota Twins 4 Kyle Lohse / Brad Radke / Johan Santana / Carlos Silva
75 1996 NL Montreal Expos 3 Rheal Cormier / Jeff Fassero / Pedro Martinez
76 1997 NL Montreal Expos 3 Dustin Hermanson / Pedro Martinez / Carlos Perez
77 2003 NL Montreal Expos 3 Livan Hernandez / Tomo Ohka / Javier Vazquez
78 1997 NL New York Mets 3 Bobby Jones / Dave Mlicki / Rick Reed
79 2003 NL New York Mets 3 Al Leiter / Jae Weong Seo / Steve Trachsel
80 2004 NL New York Mets 3 Tom Glavine / Al Leiter / Steve Trachsel
81 2008 NL New York Mets 3 John Maine / Mike Pelfrey / Johan Santana
82 2010 NL New York Mets 3 R.A. Dickey / Mike Pelfrey / Johan Santana
83 1998 NL New York Mets 4 Bobby Jones / Al Leiter / Rick Reed / Masato Yoshii
84 2000 NL New York Mets 4 Mike Hampton / Al Leiter / Rick Reed / Glendon Rusch
85 1996 AL New York Yankees 3 Jimmy Key / Andy Pettitte / Kenny Rogers
86 1997 AL New York Yankees 3 David Cone / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
87 2000 AL New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Orlando Hernandez / Andy Pettitte
88 2001 AL New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / Andy Pettitte
89 2002 AL New York Yankees 3 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / David Wells
90 2006 AL New York Yankees 3 Mike Mussina / Chien-Ming Wang / Jaret Wright
91 2009 AL New York Yankees 3 A.J. Burnett / Andy Pettitte / CC Sabathia
92 1998 AL New York Yankees 4 David Cone / Hideki Irabu / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
93 1999 AL New York Yankees 4 Roger Clemens / David Cone / Orlando Hernandez / Andy Pettitte
94 2003 AL New York Yankees 4 Roger Clemens / Mike Mussina / Andy Pettitte / David Wells
95 2000 AL Oakland Athletics 3 Kevin Appier / Gil Heredia / Tim Hudson
96 2010 AL Oakland Athletics 3 Dallas Braden / Trevor Cahill / Gio Gonzalez
97 2001 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Tim Hudson / Cory Lidle / Mark Mulder / Barry Zito
98 2002 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Tim Hudson / Cory Lidle / Mark Mulder / Barry Zito
99 2003 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Tim Hudson / Ted Lilly / Mark Mulder / Barry Zito
100 2004 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Rich Harden / Tim Hudson / Mark Mulder / Barry Zito
101 2005 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Joe Blanton / Dan Haren / Kirk Saarloos / Barry Zito
102 1997 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Steve Cooke / Francisco Cordova / Esteban Loaiza
103 1998 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Francisco Cordova / Jon Lieber / Jason Schmidt
104 1999 NL Pittsburgh Pirates 4 Kris Benson / Francisco Cordova / Todd Ritchie / Jason Schmidt
105 2000 NL San Francisco Giants 3 Shawn Estes / Livan Hernandez / Kirk Rueter
106 2002 NL San Francisco Giants 3 Russ Ortiz / Kirk Rueter / Jason Schmidt
107 2010 NL San Francisco Giants 3 Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez
108 2009 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez / Barry Zito
109 1997 AL Seattle Mariners 3 Jeff Fassero / Randy Johnson / Jamie Moyer
110 2001 AL Seattle Mariners 3 Freddy Garcia / Jamie Moyer / Aaron Sele
111 2003 AL Seattle Mariners 3 Ryan Franklin / Jamie Moyer / Joel Pineiro
112 2007 AL Seattle Mariners 3 Miguel Batista / Felix Hernandez / Jarrod Washburn
113 1996 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Andy Benes / Donovan Osborne / Todd Stottlemyre
114 1997 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Andy Benes / Matt Morris / Todd Stottlemyre
115 2000 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Rick Ankiel / Darryl Kile / Garrett Stephenson
116 2008 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Kyle Lohse / Braden Looper / Todd Wellemeyer
117 2009 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Chris Carpenter / Joel Pineiro / Adam Wainwright
118 2010 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Chris Carpenter / Jaime Garcia / Adam Wainwright
119 2004 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Jeff Suppan / Woody Williams
120 2005 NL St. Louis Cardinals 5 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Matt Morris / Mark Mulder / Jeff Suppan
121 1998 AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays 3 Wilson Alvarez / Rolando Arrojo / Tony Saunders
122 2009 AL Tampa Bay Rays 3 Matt Garza / Jeff Niemann / James Shields
123 2008 AL Tampa Bay Rays 4 Matt Garza / Scott Kazmir / James Shields / Andy Sonnanstine
124 1996 AL Texas Rangers 3 Ken Hill / Darren Oliver / Roger Pavlik
125 1997 AL Toronto Blue Jays 3 Roger Clemens / Pat Hentgen / Woody Williams
126 2007 AL Toronto Blue Jays 4 A.J. Burnett / Roy Halladay / Shaun Marcum / Dustin McGowan
127 2008 AL Toronto Blue Jays 4 A.J. Burnett / Roy Halladay / Jesse Litsch / Shaun Marcum
128 2005 NL Washington Nationals 3 Livan Hernandez / Esteban Loaiza / John Patterson
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Generated 1/2/2011.

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Looks like the Braves, Yankees, White Sox and Cardinals have a lot of teams/seasons on this list. But, what if we move the bar to "since 2004"? Here's that cut:

Rk Year Lg Tm 5 #Matching  
1 2007 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 3 Doug Davis / Micah Owings / Brandon Webb
2 2008 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Doug Davis / Dan Haren / Randy Johnson / Brandon Webb
3 2009 NL Arizona Diamondbacks 4 Doug Davis / Jon Garland / Dan Haren / Max Scherzer
4 2007 NL Atlanta Braves 3 Tim Hudson / Chuck James / John Smoltz
5 2009 NL Atlanta Braves 3 Jair Jurrjens / Kenshin Kawakami / Javier Vazquez
6 2004 NL Atlanta Braves 4 Mike Hampton / Russ Ortiz / John Thomson / Jaret Wright
7 2007 AL Baltimore Orioles 3 Erik Bedard / Jeremy Guthrie / Steve Trachsel
8 2005 AL Boston Red Sox 3 Bronson Arroyo / Tim Wakefield / David Wells
9 2004 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Bronson Arroyo / Pedro Martinez / Curt Schilling / Tim Wakefield
10 2008 AL Boston Red Sox 4 Josh Beckett / Jon Lester / Daisuke Matsuzaka / Tim Wakefield
11 2004 NL Chicago Cubs 3 Matt Clement / Greg Maddux / Carlos Zambrano
12 2005 NL Chicago Cubs 3 Greg Maddux / Mark Prior / Carlos Zambrano
13 2007 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Rich Hill / Ted Lilly / Jason Marquis / Carlos Zambrano
14 2008 NL Chicago Cubs 4 Ryan Dempster / Ted Lilly / Jason Marquis / Carlos Zambrano
15 2009 NL Chicago Cubs 5 Ryan Dempster / Rich Harden / Ted Lilly / Randy Wells / Carlos Zambrano
16 2006 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Jose Contreras / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland
17 2007 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / Jon Garland / Javier Vazquez
18 2008 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
19 2009 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
20 2010 AL Chicago White Sox 3 Mark Buehrle / John Danks / Gavin Floyd
21 2005 AL Chicago White Sox 4 Mark Buehrle / Jose Contreras / Freddy Garcia / Jon Garland
22 2005 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Cliff Lee / Kevin Millwood / CC Sabathia
23 2006 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Cliff Lee / CC Sabathia / Jake Westbrook
24 2007 AL Cleveland Indians 3 Fausto Carmona / CC Sabathia / Jake Westbrook
25 2006 NL Colorado Rockies 3 Aaron Cook / Jeff Francis / Jason Jennings
26 2009 NL Colorado Rockies 5 Aaron Cook / Jason Hammel / Ubaldo Jimenez / Jason Marquis / Jorge de la Rosa
27 2009 AL Detroit Tigers 3 Edwin Jackson / Rick Porcello / Justin Verlander
28 2006 AL Detroit Tigers 4 Jeremy Bonderman / Nate Robertson / Kenny Rogers / Justin Verlander
29 2004 NL Florida Marlins 3 Josh Beckett / Carl Pavano / Dontrelle Willis
30 2005 NL Florida Marlins 3 Josh Beckett / A.J. Burnett / Dontrelle Willis
31 2005 NL Houston Astros 3 Roger Clemens / Roy Oswalt / Andy Pettitte
32 2006 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Kelvim Escobar / John Lackey / Ervin Santana
33 2007 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Kelvim Escobar / John Lackey / Jered Weaver
34 2008 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Ervin Santana / Joe Saunders / Jered Weaver
35 2005 AL Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 Paul Byrd / Bartolo Colon / John Lackey / Jarrod Washburn
36 2008 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Chad Billingsley / Hiroki Kuroda / Derek Lowe
37 2010 NL Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Chad Billingsley / Clayton Kershaw / Hiroki Kuroda
38 2004 AL Minnesota Twins 3 Brad Radke / Johan Santana / Carlos Silva
39 2008 AL Minnesota Twins 3 Scott Baker / Nick Blackburn / Kevin Slowey
40 2005 AL Minnesota Twins 4 Kyle Lohse / Brad Radke / Johan Santana / Carlos Silva
41 2004 NL New York Mets 3 Tom Glavine / Al Leiter / Steve Trachsel
42 2008 NL New York Mets 3 John Maine / Mike Pelfrey / Johan Santana
43 2010 NL New York Mets 3 R.A. Dickey / Mike Pelfrey / Johan Santana
44 2006 AL New York Yankees 3 Mike Mussina / Chien-Ming Wang / Jaret Wright
45 2009 AL New York Yankees 3 A.J. Burnett / Andy Pettitte / CC Sabathia
46 2010 AL Oakland Athletics 3 Dallas Braden / Trevor Cahill / Gio Gonzalez
47 2004 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Rich Harden / Tim Hudson / Mark Mulder / Barry Zito
48 2005 AL Oakland Athletics 4 Joe Blanton / Dan Haren / Kirk Saarloos / Barry Zito
49 2010 NL San Francisco Giants 3 Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez
50 2009 NL San Francisco Giants 4 Matt Cain / Tim Lincecum / Jonathan Sanchez / Barry Zito
51 2007 AL Seattle Mariners 3 Miguel Batista / Felix Hernandez / Jarrod Washburn
52 2008 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Kyle Lohse / Braden Looper / Todd Wellemeyer
53 2009 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Chris Carpenter / Joel Pineiro / Adam Wainwright
54 2010 NL St. Louis Cardinals 3 Chris Carpenter / Jaime Garcia / Adam Wainwright
55 2004 NL St. Louis Cardinals 4 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Jeff Suppan / Woody Williams
56 2005 NL St. Louis Cardinals 5 Chris Carpenter / Jason Marquis / Matt Morris / Mark Mulder / Jeff Suppan
57 2009 AL Tampa Bay Rays 3 Matt Garza / Jeff Niemann / James Shields
58 2008 AL Tampa Bay Rays 4 Matt Garza / Scott Kazmir / James Shields / Andy Sonnanstine
59 2007 AL Toronto Blue Jays 4 A.J. Burnett / Roy Halladay / Shaun Marcum / Dustin McGowan
60 2008 AL Toronto Blue Jays 4 A.J. Burnett / Roy Halladay / Jesse Litsch / Shaun Marcum
61 2005 NL Washington Nationals 3 Livan Hernandez / Esteban Loaiza / John Patterson
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/2/2011.

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This shows that the Yankees and Braves have not been so hot at this lately - and suggests that it's the White Sox and Cardinals, lately, who do a good job at putting together starting pitching staffs. Would you agree?

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13 Responses to “3+ Pitchers In Season With 25+ GS & ERA+ 100+ Since ’96”

  1. Odd not to see the Phillies on there at all, at least in the last 5 years...but they either have not had three pitchers pitch well for 25 games, or had midseason additions pitch well and come up short on games (Oswalt, Lee).

  2. The only team not appearing on the first list? Ladies and gentlemen, your Milwaukee Brewers!

  3. Steve Trachsel?

  4. As a Phillies fan I was interested...

    In 2001 they had three guys with 25 starts and ERA+ over 96 (meaning 2 over 100, the third a 96).
    In 2005 & 2008 they had three over 25, all with ERA+ over 97 (meaning 2 over 100 and the third a 97).

  5. DoubleDiamond Says:

    @2 I didn't see the Phillies there, either. It looks like there are 29, 30, or even 31 teams represented, because the Angels show up as both Anaheim and Los Angeles, with a large amount of alphabetical separation, the Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals are both on the list, and Tampa Bay shows up as both the Devil Rays and the Rays, but back-to-back and thus easy to be seen as the same franchise. But there are only 27 franchises who have entries on this list.

    In addition to the Brewers and the Phillies, the San Diego Padres are also missing from the first list.

  6. That's ironic, considering how all of them seem to be favoring pitching right now.

  7. Um...the Cubs have as many years since 2004 as the Cardinals. Sure wouldn't put tem in the category of "doing a good job putting together starting pitchin staffs."

  8. At first, I thought Steve's threshold was so low that all we could really tell from this list is which teams have not had good rotations in recent years. After all, more than two-thirds of the teams on the 1996-2010 list had exactly 3 qualifying pitchers. And how much can we tell about a pitching staff just from the fact that 3 pitchers met those minimal standards?

    But when I checked the "3-pitcher" teams from the last 2 years, the results surprised me. Here is the team ERA+ and league ranking for each team:

    2010 Giants: 121 ERA+, 1st.
    2010 A's: 116 ERA+, 1st.
    2010 White Sox: 107 ERA+, 3rd.
    2010 Cardinals: 110 ERA+, 5th.
    2010 Mets: 105 ERA+, 7th.
    2010 Dodgers: 96 ERA+, 12th.
    -- Two excellent staffs, two good staffs, and two that are close to average.

    2009 White Sox: 113 ERA+, 1st.
    2009 Braves: 116 ERA+, 3rd.
    2009 Yankees: 108 ERA+, 4th.
    2009 Cardinals: 112 ERA+, 6th.
    2009 Tigers: 105 ERA+, 6th.
    2009 Rays: 100 ERA+, 8th (tie).
    -- Two very good staffs, 3 good staffs, and one average staff.

    I wouldn't put too much weight on the numbers I presented, since it's less than one-seventh of the "3-pitcher-team" data pool; also, I looked at staff ERA+, not specifically starting pitchers. But since I'm not going to check all or even half the teams, I've seen enough to temper my initial skepticism about the value of the original list.

    Therefore ... all hail, Steve!

  9. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    ...and, Surprising us none at all, the Cincinnati Reds managed only a single entry on this list, dating back to the halycon days of the Schott regime.

  10. (Please ignore this -- I'm just testing whether I can post anywhere right now. Three attempts on the Chet Lemon thread vanished when I hit "Submit".)

  11. Raise the ERA+ to 110 and we'd probably sort out some real pitching staffs.

  12. From 1901-2010, there are only 5 teams with four pitchers with at least 25 GS and an ERA+ over 120:

    1904 Boston Americans (won AL by 1.5 games)
    1913 New York Giants (won NL by 12.5 games)
    1997 Atlanta Braves (won NL East by 9 games)
    2001 Oakland A's (102 wins, but 14 GB Seattle in AL West!)
    2002 Atlanta Braves (won NL East by 19 games)

  13. Please add the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers