Braves rotation continues to amaze

April, 23, 2014
4/23/14
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This is getting ridiculous. Here are the starts this year for the Atlanta Braves:

Julio Teheran: 6 IP, 2 R
Alex Wood: 7 IP, 1 R
Aaron Harang: 6.2 IP, 0 R
David Hale: 5 IP, 0 R

Teheran: 7 IP, 2 R
Wood: 7 IP, 2 R
Harang: 6 IP, 1 R
Ervin Santana: 8 IP, 0 R
Hale: 4.1 IP, 4 R (3 ER)

Teheran: 6 IP, 5 R (2 ER)
Wood: 5 IP, 1 R
Harang: 6 IP, 1 R
Santana: 6 IP, 1 R

Teheran: 9 IP, 0 R
Wood: 8 IP, 1 R
Harang: 7 IP, 0 R
Santana: 7 IP, 1 R
Hale: 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER)

Teheran: 7 IP, 1 R
Wood: 8 IP, 1 R
Harang: 6 IP, 1 R

That's 21 starts, only one in which a starter allowed more than two earned runs. Harang, who posted a 5.40 ERA with the Mariners and Mets last year, was released by the Indians in spring training. Now he's 3-1 with a 0.85 ERA and .143 average allowed. He didn't get the win today, but the Braves did, scoring twice in the eighth to beat the Marlins 3-1.

The rotation has a 1.50 ERA. According to reader Jason Wright via FanGraphs.com, the lowest starters' ERA in April since 1974 belongs to the 1976 Brewers, at 1.44 (in just 12 games, however). Next-lowest is the 1978 A's at 1.75 in 21 games.

(Oddly enough, both those teams ended up being horrible, the Brewers going 66-95 and the A's 69-93.)

Not bad for a team missing three of its offseason projected starters (Mike Minor, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy).

Crazy sport, this baseball.

David Schoenfield | email

SweetSpot blogger

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