Chad Billingsley pitched seven shutout innings yesterday and the offense scored two runs for him. Hiroki Kuroda pitched 6 1/3 innings Tuesday and got one run to work with. The perception has been that Dodger starters, especially Derek Lowe, receive very little run support. But Bill Shaikin in today's LA Times has compiled some surprising numbers from STATS LLC:
Highest run support per nine innings, with a losing record:
PITCHER, TEAM RS W-L ERA 1. Brad Penny, Dodgers 6.81 5-6 5.66 7. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers 5.06 4-6 3.98 8. Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers 5.00 2-4 3.29
Three Dodgers in the top ten for run support? That's shocking. (No Dodger starter has a winning record, which (sadly) simplifies matters. Also, the numbers are through Friday's games, so yesterday's debacle isn't reflected in Billingley's line.) I found this so unbelievable that I checked Baseball-Reference to confirm. Naturally, the numbers don't match up:
B-R's numbers include yesterday's game, explaining Billingsley's lower ERA in the second chart. And that's where my analytical abilities end. Anyone have an explanation for the difference in the RS numbers? Please chime in.