The worst pitching staff in Diamondbacks history

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2016 Diamondbacks: 5.09 ERA, .275 BAA, and a 1.49 WHIP

In 2016, the Arizona starting rotation was horrendous…

  1. Robbie Ray (4.90 ERA)
  2. Zack Greinke (4.37 ERA)
  3. Patrick Corbin (5.15 ERA)
  4. Archie Bradley (5.02 ERA)
  5. Shelby Miller (6.15 ERA)

I think the numbers speak for themselves here.  Not a whole lot to say when the best starter in your rotation has an ERA above 4.  Zack Greinke was the only starter in the 16’ season to have a solid campaign.  In 26 starts Greinke went 13-7 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Not great but not terrible either.  What was terrible for Arizona in 2016 was Shelby Miller.  In 20 starts, Miller went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  Yikes!  It makes you wonder why the Diamondbacks gave him that many chances.  You would think after a while they would try using him out of the bullpen.  No wonder the D-Backs won less than 70 games in 2016…  

The starters weren’t the only pitchers that struggled for the Diamondbacks in 16’; the bullpen was bad too.  Out of the 4 relief pitchers with the most innings under their belt, only one had an ERA lower than 4.  Randall Delgado who pitched 75 innings in relief had a 4.44 ERA.  Daniel Hudson pitched 60.1 innings in relief and had a 5.22 ERA.  Enrique Burgos pitched 41.1 innings in relief and had a 5.66 ERA.  Not a lot of reliability from these 3 guys in 2016…  

There were two solid bullpen arms that season, however.  Relief pitcher Jake Barret pitched 59.1 innings and had an ERA of 3.49 with a .218 BAA.  Those aren’t terrific numbers but a solid season compared to the rest of the bullpen no doubt.  A Diamondbacks relief pitcher that wasn’t just solid but stellar that season was closer Brad Ziegler.  In 38.1 innings pitched Ziegler had a 2.82 ERA and also recorded 18 saves out of 20 opportunities.  These two were the stars in the night sky for this Arizona ball club.  A ball club that had the worst team ERA in the league.  Amazingly, the very next season was the best pitching staff the franchise has ever seen…