Last season the average starting pitchers went a little over 5 innings per start. Almost 40% of all innings pitched were done by a pitcher coming out of a bullpen.
Let’s look at last years starting pitchers and how many innings they fared.
Teams like the Reds, Dodgers and Pirates only got 58% of innings pitched from their starters meaning 42% of the pitches thrown were by someone other than the starting pitcher. Keep this in mind when handicapping baseball because there are a lot of people who focus too much on the starting pitcher and forget that they are only a piece of the equation. This isn’t the dead ball era where the starter went the whole game we now have a bullpen league and the success of the Royals recently has showcased how important that is.