BRADENTON, Fla. - It's probably not a big revelation that pitching wins championships.
Last year, the top eight teams in starter ERA made the post-season. Coincidentally enough, or maybe not coincidence, those teams also were the eight teams to make it beyond the Wild Card game. That group included teams with a good offense, and teams with a bad offense.
I broke down each of those teams by their most valuable starters, ordering the rotation spots by WAR. The goal here was to see what kind of production the teams got from their top starters, regardless of whether those starters were intended to be their top guys at the start of the year.
The number one starter on those teams averaged a 3.01 ERA and a 3.14 xFIP.
The number two starter on those teams averaged a 3.29 ERA and a 3.52...
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