Braves pitchers have been lights out this season
Braves pitching has been outstanding in 2013 and the team ERA (2.19) is a full run less than the next best team in the National League (LA Dodgers 3.26). ERA is the stat most fans use to measure pitching, but WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) is the stat that many baseball experts think gives a better indication of pitching performance.
The Braves pitchers have used a simple formula to limit opponents’ runs. They have kept opponents off the base paths. The Braves team WHIP this season is 1.05, the next closest in the National League is the Cincinnati Reds at 1.16.
To show you how good the Braves pitchers have been this season at keeping runners off base, the best National League team WHIP in 2012 was the Washington Nationals at 1.221. The Braves were third in 2012 in team WHIP at 1.23.
The 1988 New York Mets had the best team WHIP in the past 30 seasons at 1.15. The great Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff in 2011 had the second best WHIP in the past 30 full seasons at 1.17. That shows us just how good the Braves pitchers have been so far in 2013.
I wasn’t able to find the all-time season team WHIP record, but if the Braves pitchers keep performing like they have been, I think they may challenge the all-time record.
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