Glancing at the Fight for the NL Central, Part 2: Starting Pitching

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Sep 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds players celebrate at the end of the game after clinching the National League central title at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Dodgers 6-0. (Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

So what about the starting staffs among the contenders in the division? All three have been among baseball’s best for the 2013 season. Here’s how each rotation performed in the first half of the season.

Team ERA FIP xFIP BABIP LOB% BAA WHIP
STL 3.33 3.21 3.55 .291 73.30% 0.240 1.179
PIT 3.27 3.76 3.59 .273 75.40% 0.229 1.236
CIN 3.40 3.66 3.86 .278 76.00% 0.238 1.163

Hard to argue why these teams are where they are based on these numbers. After looking at the stats, there’s not much, in general, that anyone could add.

But there are legitimate questions surrounding each of these staffs.

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