2010 Positional Reviews: The Starting Pitchers | The Process Report

2010 Positional Reviews: The Starting Pitchers

David Price

2010 Stats 8.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9

The Good: Just about everything. He started the All-Star Game, set the franchise record for win in a season (19), and just turned 25 in August.

The Bad: Home run and strand rate may regress, but the rest is good.

Miscellany: Became the first non-Shields’ starter to lead the Rays in innings pitched since 2006.

Matt Garza

2010 Stats 6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9

The Good: Threw the first no-hitter in franchise victory and followed Price with the second most wins in team history (15). Surpassed 200 innings for second straight season.

The Bad: Strikeouts dropped below 7.0 per nine and home runs were an issue.

Miscellany: Made at least 20 starts with 100+ pitches thrown in each of the past two seasons.

James Shields

2010 Stats 8.3 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 1.5 HR/9

The Good: Led the Rays’ rotation in K/9 and BB/9. Made 30+ starts and tossed over 200 innings for the fourth straight season.

The Bad: Also led the team in K/9 – allowing 34 home runs including six in one game.

Miscellany: Became the only pitcher in major league history to post K/9 more than 8.0 and BB/9 less than 2.5 with a HR/9 greater than 1.5 (min 200 innings).

Jeff Niemann

2010 Stats 6.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9

The Good: Went 10-3 with a 3.12 ERA before he hit the DL in early August.

The Bad: Went 2-5 with a 9.82 ERA after he came off the DL in late August.

Miscellany: Threw a rotation low 3.59 pitches per plate appearance.

Wade Davis

2010 Stats 6.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9

The Good: Went 3-1 with 3.09 ERA after returning from DL in late August. Held opponents to .292 OBP in final 46.2 innings.

The Bad: Went just 9-9 with 4.45 ERA before DL stint.

Miscellany: Made 12 starts in the middle of the season without taking a loss.

Jeremy Hellickson

2010 Stats  8.2 K/9, 2.0 BB/9, 1.2 HR/9

The Good: Allowed just six earned runs while striking out  25 batters in 26.1 innings as a starter.

The Bad: Allowed eight earned runs and struck out just eight in 10.1 innings as a reliever. 

Miscellany: Became first starting pitcher to allow less than three hits while pitching at least six innings in first three MLB starts since 1920.

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