Indians rotation isn't going deep enough into games

Jason Miller

A look at each starting pitcher's inning-by-inning splits this season.

Eight different pitchers have started for the Indians so far this season (actually, Danny Salazar became the 9th this afternoon). Tribe starters are averaging 5.71 innings per start*, which ranks 11th out of 15 among American League teams. The American League average is 5.88 innings per start. The Tigers are 1st, with 6.24, while the Twins are last, with 5.43.

*All stats in this article are through Wednesday, July 10th.

Here is each of those eight pitchers, with their numbers in each inning this season (the sample are all going to be small, of course):

Justin Masterson (20 starts, 6.77 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

20.0

2.25

1.00

8.1

3.2

0.5

2

20.0

4.50

1.45

9.9

4.1

1.4

3

20.0

3.15

1.30

11.3

5.0

0.5

4

20.0

2.70

1.15

9.0

3.6

0.0

5

19.2

3.20

1.12

9.6

3.3

0.5

6

18.0

3.50

1.06

7.5

2.0

0.5

7

11.2

10.80

1.89

6.2

5.4

2.3

8

3.0

0.00

1.00

12.0

3.0

0.0

9

3.0

0.00

0.67

12.0

0.0

0.0

Total

135.1

3.72

1.23

9.1

3.6

0.7

Masterson is the only starter on the team averaging 6+ innings a start. He's gotten through 6 innings in 90% of his starts, but has had a rough time in the 7th inning more than once this season, including last night, but he's also the only Cleveland starter who's worked into the 9th inning, which he's done three times, finishing a complete game shutout each time.

Ubaldo Jimenez (18 starts, 5.26 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

18.0

4.50

1.28

7.5

4.0

2.0

2

17.2

4.58

1.70

10.7

9.2

0.5

3

17.0

5.29

1.59

7.4

4.8

1.6

4

16.0

3.38

1.38

10.1

1.7

1.7

5

14.1

2.51

0.84

9.4

3.1

0.6

6

7.2

9.39

2.22

4.7

7.0

1.2

7

3.0

0.00

1.00

12.0

6.0

0.0

8

1.0

0.00

3.00

9.0

0.0

0.0

9

0

Total

94.2

4.37

1.45

8.7

4.8

1.2

Jimenez has made it through 6 innings in only 33% of his starts, and through 7 innings just 17% of the time. He walks too many guys to make it deep into games, even when he's working around base runners and now allowing many runs.

Scott Kazmir (15 starts, 5.31 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

15.0

3.60

1.27

9.0

2.4

1.8

2

15.0

6.00

1.73

9.0

3.6

1.8

3

14.2

6.75

1.84

7.4

4.3

1.2

4

12.1

5.11

1.22

8.8

2.9

1.5

5

12.0

0.75

0.92

7.5

3.8

0.8

6

7.2

7.04

1.04

8.2

1.2

3.5

7

3.0

3.00

1.67

9.0

0.0

0.0

8

0

9

0

Total

79.2

4.74

1.39

8.4

3.1

1.6

Kazmir has been very similar to Jimenez this year, which isn't so bad for a guy signed to a minor league contract after not being an effective Major League pitcher since 2009. After not getting through 7 innings in any of his first seven starts, he's managed to do it three times in his last eight outings. He's been a decent 5th starter.

Corey Kluber (14 starts, 5.88 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

14.0

1.93

1.00

6.4

1.3

1.9

2

14.0

7.07

1.71

8.4

4.5

1.3

3

13.0

2.08

0.85

7.6

1.4

0.7

4

13.0

4.15

0.92

11.1

0.7

1.4

5

12.1

8.03

1.62

7.3

0.7

0.7

6

9.2

3.72

1.97

14.0

5.6

1.9

7

4.1

2.08

1.15

8.3

0.0

0.0

8

2.0

4.50

1.00

9.0

0.0

0.0

9

0

Total

82.1

4.37

1.30

8.9

2.1

1.2

Kluber's numbers above do not include two relief appearances he made before being moved into the rotation. Kluber is the only Indians starter other than Masterson to make it through 8 innings this year, which he did in back-to-back starts in mid-June. He's made it through at least 6 innings in 57% of his starts.

Zach McAllister (11 starts, 5.97 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

11.0

4.91

1.36

6.5

1.6

0.0

2

11.0

3.27

0.82

9.0

0.8

1.6

3

11.0

3.27

1.73

4.9

6.5

0.8

4

11.0

3.27

1.36

6.5

3.3

0.8

5

10.1

2.61

1.84

5.2

6.1

0.9

6

7.0

1.29

1.00

5.1

0.0

1.3

7

3.1

2.70

0.90

5.4

0.0

0.0

8

1.0

18.00

3.00

0.0

0.0

9.0

9

0

Total

65.2

3.43

1.37

6.2

3.0

1.0

McAllister finished 6+ innings in 55% of his starts before hitting the DL. He is second on the team in inning per start and leads all Cleveland starters this year in ERA (though he has no longer pitched enough innings to qualify on official leader boards).

Carlos Carrasco (6 starts, 4.8 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

6.0

3.00

1.83

4.5

4.5

0.0

2

6.0

12.00

2.17

7.5

4.5

0.0

3

6.0

10.50

1.83

1.5

3.0

4.5

4

5.0

7.20

1.60

1.8

3.6

1.8

5

2.2

10.12

3.38

6.8

3.4

0.0

6

1.2

21.60

3.60

10.8

10.8

0.0

7

1.0

0.00

1.00

9.0

0.0

0.0

8

0.1

27.00

3.00

0.0

0.0

0.0

9

0

Total

28.2

9.10

2.09

4.7

4.1

1.3

In six starts, Carrasco has made it through 6 innings just once, and through 5 inning just twice. 28.2 innings is not a large sample, but he's been dreadful. His 9.10 ERA would be the worst in franchise history by a pitcher with 25+ innings.

Trevor Bauer (4 starts, 4.25 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

3.2

14.73

4.09

7.4

17.2

4.9

2

3.0

0.00

0.33

9.0

0.0

0.0

3

3.0

0.00

2.00

6.0

18.0

0.0

4

3.0

6.00

1.67

3.0

3.0

3.0

5

3.0

0.00

0.67

6.0

6.0

0.0

6

1.0

0.00

0.00

0.0

0.0

0.0

7

0.1

54.0

6.00

0.0

0.0

0.0

8

0

9

0

Total

17.0

5.29

1.82

5.8

8.5

1.6

Bauer has allowed 1st inning runs in three of his four starts, and was left in too long once, but from the 2nd-6th innings this year, he's only allowed 2 runs in 13 innings, a 1.38 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. It's a tiny sample, but maybe he just needs ot figure out how to get through the 1st.

Brett Myers (3 starts, 5.33 innings per start)

Inning

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

BB/9

HR/9

1

3.0

6.00

0.67

6.0

3.0

3.0

2

3.0

12.00

2.00

3.0

3.0

9.0

3

3.0

0.00

0.67

9.0

1.0

0.0

4

3.0

0.00

1.33

3.0

0.0

0.0

5

3.0

9.00

2.00

3.0

3.0

3.0

6

1.0

27.0

3.00

0.0

9.0

18.0

7

0

8

0

9

0

Total

16.0

6.75

1.44

4.5

2.8

3.9

These numbers don't include the one relief appearance Myers made. The team has stated he will only be used out of the bullpen if he returns this season.

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Hopefully the rest of the rotation can be more like Masterson.

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