The Nine Pitchers Who Give Up The Most Unearned Runs

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Something I’ve always found interesting is that pitchers get to deduct unearned runs from their ERA but they don’t get to deduct runs from their ERA when their defense doesn’t make an easy play that they should have. In the past, I’ve highlighted more advanced ways to demonstrate to measure a pitcher’s value that factors out defense like FIP, xFIP, and others and I’ve also pointed out why this distinction between ERA and Runs Allowed/9 is a little bit arbitrary.

Below, for no other reason than to think about something we almost never think about, are the pitchers who have allowed the most unearned runs in 2013 and the pitchers who have allowed the highest percentage of their runs in an unearned run fashion (min 50 IP).

Rank Name Team UER UER% ERA IP R ER
9 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 10 16.13% 2.85 164 62 52
8 Hector Santiago White Sox 10 16.39% 3.43 133.2 61 51
7 Justin Verlander Tigers 10 11.90% 3.59 185.2 84 74
6 Ryan Dempster Red Sox 10 10.64% 4.79 157.2 94 84
5 Lucas Harrell Astros 11 11.22% 5.69 137.2 98 87
4 C.J. Wilson Angels 12 14.63% 3.42 184 82 70
3 Jeremy Hefner Mets 12 16.00% 4.34 130.2 75 63
2 Edwin Jackson Cubs 13 13.27% 4.91 155.2 98 85
1 Wily Peralta Brewers 17 17.00% 4.51 165.2 100 83

 

Rank Name Team UER UER% ERA IP R ER
9 Rex Brothers Rockies 3 20.00% 1.81 59.2 15 12
8 Charlie Furbush Mariners 5 20.00% 3.16 57 25 20
7 Stephen Fife Dodgers 4 21.05% 2.55 53 19 15
6 Tanner Scheppers Rangers 4 22.22% 2.04 61.2 18 14
5 Taylor Jordan Nationals 6 22.22% 3.66 51.2 27 21
4 Burke Badenhop Brewers 7 22.58% 3.62 59.2 31 24
3 Charlie Morton Pirates 9 23.08% 3.00 90 39 30
2 Craig Breslow Red Sox 4 25.00% 2.12 51 16 12
1 Bobby Parnell Mets 5 29.41% 2.16 50 17 12

I think it’s important to think about this because we all agree that a pitcher isn’t responsible for every run he allows, but he also isn’t without blame for all of them either. Earned and unearned runs are the traditional line we draw, but there is nothing that meaningful about such a boundary. These runs count against the team and plenty of unearned runs aren’t the pitcher’s fault.

Food for thought.

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