As you probably already know, the Double-A Trenton pitching staff is having a ridiculous year. Currently manned by Ian Kennedy, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Smith, Jeff Marquez and Alan Horne, theÂ team has also seen the likes of Chase Wright, Jason Jones, Mike Gardner, Scott Patterson, Tim Lavigne and some guy named Clemens take at least 1Â turn through the rotation. The bullpen’s also undergone a facelift, as Zach Kroenke (promoted from Tampa), Justin Pope (demoted from Scranton)Â and Lavigne have replaced KevinÂ Whelan, Gerardo Casadiego (both now with Tampa) and the great Edwar Ramirez (now in Scranton).
To give you an idea about just how dominant this pitching staff has been, here’s some numbers:
Team Stats (source)
- Trenton leads the Eastern League with a 2.61 team ERA. The next best ERA belongs to Connecticut, which has a 3.60 team ERA. A run less per 9 innings than any other team in the league…that’s insane.
- As a team, Trenton has shut out their opponents 11 times this year, again leading the EL. Four teams are tiedÂ for second place, with 4 shutouts apiece.
- They’ve given up only 540 hits in 656 IP. That’s the fewest hits allowed and the most IP in the EL. So they’ve allowed the fewest hits despite pitching the most innings. Redonkulus.
- Trenton’s staff has allowed only 33 homers this year, the next best team has allowed 43.
- As a staff, they’ve struck out 622 batters, yet again to lead the EL. The next best team has struck out only 529.
- Team WHIP = 1.17. Next best = 1.29.
Individual Stats (source)
- Seven pitchers in the EL have an ERA under 3.00. Three of those guys play for Trenton (Smith, Horne, Jones).
- Four of the 8 best ERA’s in the EL belong to Trenton pitchers (Smith, Horne, Jones, Marquez).
- Smith, Horne and Jones have 3 of the 11 lowest WHIPs in the league.
- Of pitchers with at least 40 IP, Scott Patterson has issued the fewest free passes, walking only 6.
- Justin Pope, Chase Wright, Tim Lavigne, Roger Clemens, Scott Patterson and Mike Gardner have combined to throw 137.1 innings for Trenton. Guess how many homers they’ve allowed? Try zero.
Finally, just for a little fun, here’s a comparision of 2 EL pitchers. See if you can figure out who they are.
Pitcher A: 5.94 Hper9,Â 0.45 HRper9, 2.13 BBper,Â 12.44 Kper 9, .187 BAA, age 22
Pitcher B: 5.94 Hper9, 0.54 HRper9, 3.24 BBper9, 14.04 Kper9, .186 BAA, age 21