2012 Starting Pitchers Used by Team

While on “the twitter” a few days ago, I came across a tidbit of information that the Cincinnati Reds have only used 5 starting pitchers so far this season, which seemed unusual. While researching it a bit more, I realized that the Marlins have also used only 5 starters so far in 2012. This seemed unusual, so I decided to look at how many starters each team has used so far in 2012.

AL NL
EAST SP Used GS AVG GS EAST SP Used GS AVG GS
BAL 7 81 11.57 ATL 7 81 11.57
BOS 8 82 10.25 MIA 5 81 16.20
NYY 8 81 10.13 NYM 9 82 9.11
TBR 8 82 10.25 PHI 7 83 11.86
TOR 10 82 8.20 WSN 6 79 13.17
TOTAL 41 408 9.95 TOTAL 34 406 11.94
 avg 8.2  avg 6.8
CENTRAL SP Used GS AVG GS CENTRAL SP Used GS AVG GS
CHW 9 81 9.00 CHC 7 81 11.57
CLE 6 81 13.50 CIN 5 81 16.20
DET 9 82 9.11 HOU 8 82 10.25
KCR 10 80 8.00 MIL 8 81 10.13
MIN 10 81 8.10 PIT 7 81 11.57
STL 6 82 13.67
TOTAL 44 405 9.20 TOTAL 41 488 11.90
 avg 8.8  avg 6.83
WEST SP Used GS AVG GS WEST SP Used GS AVG GS
LAA 6 82 13.67 ARI 8 81 10.13
OAK 8 83 10.38 COL 11 81 7.36
SEA 7 84 12.00 LAD 6 83 13.83
TEX 10 82 8.20 SDP 13 83 6.38
SFG 6 82 13.67
TOTAL 31 331 10.68 TOTAL 44 410 9.32
 avg 7.75  avg 8.8

The Reds and Marlins are the only two teams to use just 5 starters so far in 2012, while 6 other teams have used 6 starters.The Padres have used 13 starting pitchers this year, the most of any team, followed by the Rockies with 11.

The NL East and Central have used the fewest starters on average of any division, with both divisions averaging 6.8 starters/team.

The AL Central and NL West are on the opposite end of the spectrum, having each averaged 8.8 starters/team. I was actually expecting the AL East to come out on top, but they have only averaged 8.2 starters/team.

In total, the average AL team has had 8.3 different players start a game this year, while the average NL team has used 7.4 different starters. The AL is ahead of last years pace for starters significantly, as each team averaged 9.1 starters over all of 2011. 116 players have started a game in the AL so far in 2012, while in all of 2011 only 128 players started, so only 12 more different players need to make a start in 2012 to surpass that mark. Whether it be an increase in injuries or just lack of effectiveness, the number of AL starters has risen significantly in 2012.

The NL averaged 9.2 starters/team in 2011, so they may exceed that mark in 2012 as well. 119 players have started a game in the NL this year, compared to 147 in 2011, needing 28 more players to start a game this year to match. (1.75/team)

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