Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The importance of April pitching success

Team ERA, April

1. Nationals
2. Rangers
3. Phillies
4. Mets
5. Cardinals

1. A's (#10 at end of season)
2. Angels (6)
3. Padres (3)
4. Marlins (16)
5. Phillies (1)

1. Cardinals (5)
2. Giants (1)
3. Padres (2)
4. Mets (7)
5. Rays (8)

It's not the end of April yet, and the last 2 years isn't a large sample size, but this does show something positive for the teams that pitch well in April.  If these are the same teams at the end of the April, then it is not ridiculous to assume that four of them will end up in the top 10 at the end of the season.  If so, then it will end up being a very tough year for batters in the NL East, and possibly a good battle for the division crown.

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