Overall, the Milwaukee Brewers starting pitchers put together a season that could best be described as middling.
Milwaukee ranked 21st in the major leagues in starters’ ERA with a 4.20 mark and the rotation’s 1.32 WHIP tied for 18th in baseball.
But before the All-Star break, the Crew starters were ghastly. With a 4.86 ERA, Milwaukee ranked last in the National League and 28th in baseball. The Brewers had a 1.41 starters’ WHIP, tied for 24th in MLB.
After the break? Milwaukee’s starting pitchers were second to only the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League with a 3.36 mark and were fourth-best in baseball overall. Their 1.21 WHIP tied for fifth in the bigs.
There were lots of huge turnarounds from the first half to the second among the four pitchers who were the most often-used starters. Kyle Lohse and Wily Peralta made 32 starts each. Yovani Gallardo made 31 despite missing two weeks on the disabled list in July and August. Marco Estrada took the ball 21 times.
Before the All-Star break, Lohse was 5-7 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.162 WHIP in 19 starts and 115.1 innings. Afterward, he was 6-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.176 WHIP in 13 starts and 83.1 innings, tossing two complete games and a shutout after the break, as well.
Peralta, a rookie in his first full season of big-league action, got better as the year wore on. He was 7-9 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.491 WHIP in 20 pre-break starts and 113.1 innings. In the second half, Peralta went 4-6 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 12 starts and 70 innings. He finished the year with two complete games and a shutout, same as Lohse.
Gallardo had an even more dramatic turnaround. In 20 first-half starts, Gallardo was 7-8 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.434 WHIP in 113.2 innings. After the break, he was 5-2 in 11 starts with a 3.09 ERA and 1.239 WHIP in 67 innings.
Estrada was basically two different pitchers. His first half ended on June 3, when he hurt his hamstring and spent two months on the disabled list. His second half began on Aug. 7, when he returned from the DL.
Before: 4-4, 5.32 ERA, 12 GS, 69.1 IP, 1.356 WHIP
After: 3-0, 2.15 ERA, 9 GS, 58.2 IP, 0.750 WHIP
Talk about Jekyll and Hyde.
The Brewers used a total of 12 starters in 2013. Besides the four listed above, there were also Tom Gorzelanny (10 starts), Donovan Hand (seven), Tyler Thornburg (seven), Johnny Hellweg (seven), Hiram Burgos (six), Alfredo Figaro (five), Mike Fiers (three) and Jimmy Nelson (one).
Gallardo is under contract for next season at $11.5 million. Lohse has two more years remaining on his deal, at $11 million each season. Peralta made $490,000 and is under club control. Estrada is arbitration eligible again after being paid $1.955 million in 2013.
Overall, the starters can’t really get a higher grade than a C-minus. But given that they had an Grade A second half, it’s not hard to be enthusiastic about what the rotation can do in 2014.
Coming Wednesday: Grading the Catchers.
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