Sunday, October 16, 2011
Numbers: Starter ERA in the ALCS
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It may sound strange, but history says the AL teams with high starting ERAs in the AL Championship Series still had success in the World Series.
All four of the Texas Rangers' wins in the ALCS were by the bullpen --Alexi Ogando (Games 1 and 6), Mike Adams (Game 2), Scott Feldman (Game 4). They are just the second team in postseason history to win a best-of-7 series with all four wins by the bullpen. The other was the 1997 Cleveland Indians, who got wins from Paul Assenmacher, Eric Plunk, Jose Mesa and Brian Anderson on their way to the World Series.
ESPN Stats & Information notes that the Rangers' 6.59 ERA by its starters was the second-worst rotation ERA in the ALCS by any team that won the series to advance to the World Series. The other four teams in the top 5 all won the World Series that year:
Worst Rotation ERA by Winning Team ALCS History (Elias Sports Bureau)
1977 Yankees: 7.25<<
2011 Rangers: 6.59
2004 Red Sox: 6.11<<
1987 Twins: 5.79<<
1991 Twins: 5.53<<
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