Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dominant NL Starting Pitching

75+ IP, 2.50 ERA or lower (Post All Star Break)
2.43, 8-3 Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
1.23, 10-1 Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
2.39, 3-5 Matt Cain (Giants)
1.64, 7-1 Cliff Lee (Phillies)
1.87, 6-5 Tim Lincecum (Giants)
2.35, 6-3 Javier Vasquez (Marlins)
2.26, 10-1 Ian Kennedy (D-Backs)
2.38, 7-3 Zack Greinke (Brewers)
2.12, 7-2 Roy Halladay (Phillies)

It's interesting that there are not any AL pitchers on the list, not even Justin Verlander (who is 11-1 since the All Star Game).  Of course, the AL pitchers have to face a DH, but it's still striking that all of these pitchers are from the NL. 

The Giants still have a shot at the playoffs, but it's likely that only 4 of them will be pitching in the postseason (Halladay, Lee, Greinke, Kennedy), but it is a good sign for the NL in trying to win another World Series (they've won 2 of the last 3 and have home field advantage again).

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