I don’t care what era of MLB baseball you claim your origins began with, the fact of the matter is that no matter what time period you got your baseball start with, the age-old adage that says good pitching beats good hitting is just as true today as it was when Babe Ruth was smacking home runs all over old Yankees Stadium a century ago.
Now, thanks to the expert MLB betting analysis you’re about to get on baseball’s best pitching staffs and bullpens, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in, at least for the short-term future.
Top 5 Pitching – Team ERA
St. Louis Cardinals – 2.79
Apparently, it doesn’t matter who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Seriously though, I love the way this small market team competes each and every year, mostly because they draft well and hold on to their home grown talent.
Anyway, the Cardinals lead all of baseball in team ERA as four starting hurlers all have ERA’s under 3.54. New staff ace Michael Wacha has compiled a perfect 7-0 record in nine starts while posting a jaw-dropping 1.87 ERA.
While veteran John Lackey is just 2-3, the former Angels staff ace (wow…has it been that long) has managed to limit the opposition to just 3.18 earned runs per outing.
Lane Lynn (3-4, 3.46) and Carlos Martinez (4-2, 3.54) have both put up respectable ERA’s and former staff ace Adam Wainwright has compiled a stellar 1.44 ERA, though he’s made just four starts so far this season. The Cardinals are in first place in the NL Central with a solid 30-16 record.
Pittsburgh Pirates– 3.04
The Pirates have put together the second best team ERA, thanks mostly to the contributions of starters A.J. Burnett (4-1, 1.37) and Gerrit Cole(6-2, 2.05). Relievers Tony Watson (1.44 ERA, 23 appearances) and Rob Scahill (1.45 ERA, 16 appearances) have both been phenomenal for the Bucs as well. The Pirates are currently in third place in the NL Central (23-22), 6.5 games behind St. Louis.
LA Dodgers – 3.25
Thanks to the resurrection of former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48 ERA) and slew of outstanding performances from their relievers, the Dodgers are ranked third in team ERA. I suspect the Dodgers’ pitching could get even better if and when 2014 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (3-3, 3.86) ever rounds back into Cy Young kind of form.
NY Mets – 3.37
Starters Jason deGrom (5-4, 2.71 ERA) and Matt Harvey (5-2) haven’t been outstanding by any stretch of the imagination, but both starters have been very solid for the Mets this season in posting respective ERA’s under 3.00. However, it is New York’s overachieving bullpen that has been the foundation for their pitching success this season. The Mets (26-21) are in second place in the NL East, just 1.5 games behind Washington.
Tampa Bay Rays – 3.43
I’m surprised that the Rays are ranked inside the Top 5in team ERA, seeing as how only three starters have made nine or more starts this season. Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 2.31 ERA) and Chris Archer (5-4, 2.40 ERA) have led the way for Tampa Bay while a trio of relief pitchers (Xavier Cedeno, Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen) have all compiled ERA’s under 2.00 while making at least 15 appearances. The Rays’ pitching prowess has helped them to sit in second place in the AL East (24-23), just a half-game behind the Yankees.
Top Five Bullpens
Team – Innings Pitched- Earned Runs – ERA
Kansas City Royals – 146.0 – 29 – 1.86
The defending AL-champion Royals (28-17) have baseball’s best bullpen, thanks to the stellar campaigns of Wade Davis (2-0, 0.00 ERA in 20 appearances), Jason Frasor (1-0, 0.60 ERA in 17 outings), Chris Young (4-0, 0.78 ERA in 14 appearances), Kelvin Herrera (1.69 ERA in 17 outings) and Ryan Madson (1.74 ERA in 18 appearances).
Whew… now that’s a mouthful!
Houston Astros – 138.2 – 33 – 2.10
The Astros have turned things around (30-17) this season because of their much-improved pitching. Relievers, Will Harris (0.40 ERA), Josh Fields (0.87 ERA) and Tony Sipp (1.06 ERA) have all looked quite special this season while making at least a dozen appearances. Houston currently sits atop the competitive AL West.
St. Louis Cardinals 141.1 – 36 – 2.24
If you didn’t know it before, now you know that the St. Louis Cardinals are one of just three teams in baseball to be ranked inside the Top 5 in both starting pitching and bullpen efforts.
Reliever, Carlos Villanueva has basically been lights out all season in compiling a microscopic 0.45 ERA in 11 appearances spanning 20.0 innings. Closer Trevor Rosenthal has been equally impressive in recording 13 saves in 21 appearances while limiting the opposition to a pitiful 0.81 runs per outing.
Relievers, Jordan Walden (0-1, 0.87), Miguel Socolovich (2-0, 1.17) and Kevin Siegrist (2-0, 1.88) all have stellar ERA’s under 2.00,making the Card’s bullpen one of the best in baseball right now.
LA Dodgers 126.1 – 36 – 2.52
Relievers J.P. Howell (2-1,0.77 ERA, 16 appearances), Juan Nicasio (1.45 ERA), Adam Liberatore (1.50) and Pedro Baez (1.76) have all been outstanding for L.A. this season while fellow bullpen mate Yimi Garcia (2-1, 3.32 ERA in 20 appearances) has been solid – and dependable.
NY Mets 122.0 – 35 – 2.67
Relief pitchers Jerry Blevins and Jack Leathersich have both compiled identical 0.00 ERA’s in seven appearances while fellow bullpen hurlers Jeurys Familia (1.54), Alexander Torres (2.08), Eric Goeddel (2.60), Sean Gilmartin (3.07) and Carlos Torres (3.20) have all been rock-solid while making at least 17 appearances. New York’s pitching staff has far exceeded expectations coming into the 2015 regular season.